Amid the straining  of relations Post  the Pulwama Attack it seems as if  is India Pakistan sports  is caught in a political crossfire

Both  India and Pakistan are using sports is as a medium to express their anger against each other. Since last week, India has taken several decisions to isolate Pakistan with sports being one of its target.

Cricket

On February 21, the BCCI’s  Committee of Administrators (CoA) left the decision of India playing against Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 to the government.

Also read: No opening ceremony for IPL 2019: CoA

On the other hand cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that it will be better of the country if they play against their oddest rivals. With several arguments  for an against  this decision  doing the rounds on  social media the government’s decision will put a finality to this mater.

The broadcast of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been suspended in India. According to media reports, D Sports which is the official broadcaster have blacked out their telecast from Saturday in wake of the Pulwama attack.

Also read: Would hate to give 2 points to Pakistan in World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar

Earlier on Saturday, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai removed the portrait of Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain and now the Prime Minister of the country, after the attack.

Shooting

Earlier on Wednesday a three member Pakistani marksman team, two pistol shooters and their manager, had to withdraw from the Shooting World Cup after they were not granted visas.  The Shooting World Cup which was held in Delhi was also a qualifier round for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Also read: Pulwama aftermath: Pakistan shooters will not participate in the Shooting World Cup in Delhi

Further, the denial of visas to the Pakistani shooters led to isolation of India by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has sought answers from India. The IOC said that India won’t be allowed to host Olympics until the government gives valid reason for the  rejection of visas to the Pakistani shooters.

Football

Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC on February 16 forfeited their I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar citing lack of security as it was just two days after the Pulwama terror attack. The MPFC had asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to relocate the fixture to Delhi or Chandigarh.

“Considering the extraordinary circumstances following the Pulwama attack just 20Km from Srinagar Airport, the Ministry of Home affairs need to approve the football match being held. If the CRPF convoys are not safe, then we are very soft targets for such attacks,” the club stated.

However, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said that all necessary security arrangements have been made. “We have been assured that the whole security bandobast of players’ transport from the airport to the team hotel and for travelling from the team hotel to the ground and return on match day will all be provided. So we have decided to go ahead with the match,” he added.

Tennis

Meanwhile, rubbishing all rumors All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said that India will participate in the Davis Cup that will be held in Pakistan in September. He also denied reports of India requesting for a change in venue.

While politically the Indo Pak conflict  doesn’t seem to be headed to a resolution any time soon. India Pakistan sports  ties are  caught in a political crossfire.

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