Pakistani shooters will not participate in the upcoming shooting World Cup held in Delhi an official confirmed that the participants were not issued visas by the Indian High Commission.
The decision comes after the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans. The participants will not perform in the season-opening of the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in the Indian capital.
“We were supposed to fly out by Wednesday morning as the championship begins from Thursday but we were not issued visas today (Tuesday) so the visit is as good as off,” Pakistan’s National Rifle Shooting Federation (NSRF) president Razi Ahmed told PTI.
“I was a bit worried about getting the visas after the Pulwama incident and our fears have come true. It is disappointing that our shooters will not get a chance to try to qualify for the Olympic Games,” Razi said.
He said Pakistan had applied for visas for the two shooters, G M Bashir and Khalil Ahmed, in the rapid fire category as the event in New Delhi will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic games.
Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said it did not receive any confirmation on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the World Cup.