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.
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.
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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.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 22, 2019
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.
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.
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.
— ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) February 22, 2019
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.
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.
For all those who said there were no travel advisories …. https://t.co/Nk4dZnKVeI @ILeagueOfficial stop making it seem like normal- it’s not ! All my foreign players have refused to go also @minervapunjabfc all they had to do was shift the DATE or VENUE ! pic.twitter.com/f0MqC2uWeZ
— Ranjit Bajaj (@THE_RanjitBajaj) February 19, 2019
“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.
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.