IOC suspends all Indian applications to host future events after Pakistani athletes denied visas for ISSF World Cup in New Delhi

Feb 23, 2019

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to "suspend all discussions" with India regarding applications to host future events after two Pakistani athletes were refused visas for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.

The denial of visas to the Pakistani shooters, Ghulam Mustafa Bashir and Khalil Ahmed, came in the wake of a Pakistani militant group claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14, which killed 40 members of the Indian police force.

Following the attack, Pakistan's National Rifle Shooting Federation (NSRF) claimed its athletes had not received visas to travel and their President, Razi Ahmed, was quoted by India's largest news agency, the Press Trust of India, as saying the trip would not be happening.

Both Bashir, Pakistan's flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and Ahmed were due to take part in the 25 metres rapid fire pistol event at the ISSF World Cup, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow.


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