The upcoming joint shooting World Cup in the national capital was suspended, while an Olympic 2020 test event in Tokyo stood canceled due to the global novel Coronavirus outbreak. The tournament, authorized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), was to be held in Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. The Tokyo Olympic Test event was scheduled to be held from April 16.
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“It is proposed to divide the World Cup into two parts and hold Rifle and Pistol competitions 2020, while Shotgun competitions,” the ISSF said in a report.
The conclusion was taken after the tournament organizers National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) advanced the ISSF with a proposal to delay the event. The World Cup will now be held in two parts before the Olympic 2020 Games. The development comes after the government compulsory several limitations on the entry of travelers from embroidered countries such as China, Italy, South Korea, Japan and Iran, in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Considering the strange situation, the ISSF has also demanded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to prolong the internal Tokyo Olympic qualification period to ensure all shooters get equal chances of making it to the Games. It must be noted that all Qualification Quota Places, as planned, will be due by May 31, 2020, the sport’s apex body.
In all, 22 countries had dragged out of the Delhi event, an official in NRAI had earlier told PTI. The Indian government’s list of rules states that the visa of all foreign nationals, who have visited the exaggerated countries in the year 2020 and have not yet landed in India, will be canceled. The Delhi event was to be a joint World Cup for rifle/pistol and shotgun shooters.
In the wake of the Coronavirus, which invented in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, many sporting events across the world have been either canceled or postponed in recent weeks. Last week, India pulled out of the ISSF World Cup in Cyprus, citing the coronavirus danger.
The outbreak has so far requested more than 3000 lives and infected close to 100,000 people across the world. The ISSF had declared that the World Cup in Delhi won’t carry ranking points because athletes from all countries cannot contribute following the health advisory issued by the Indian government.