The cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are already on no game status and now the Pulwama terror attack on the CRPF convoy claiming lives of 40 jawans will have impact at the future sporting events. The fallout was felt on Friday as shooters from across the border were denied visas for the World Cup in Delhi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended all discussions with the IOA and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events in India. Cricket itself in focus amid a clamour to boycott the June 16 World Cup clash against the neighbours. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the sport, said it is in talks with the government but would not take a stand just yet after a meeting to address the spiraling speculation around the match. Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including United Kingdom) have strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) trusts that the International Council for Cricket (ICC) and English Cricket Board (ECB) will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup. The call to boycott the World Cup match came from some prominent names in Indian cricket such as senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly. The ICC has, so far, not reacted to the situation but IOC’s tough-talking has left the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) worried. In addition to not being able to host events in India, there may be problems for our athletes to take part in international events. The boycott and not granting visa to Pak shooters are seen as violations of Olympic Charter and the country’s image has been lowered. If the Indian government does not give guarantees within 15 to 20 days, another letter may come from IOC,”. Pakistan’s shooting federation had on Wednesday requested the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) not to offer quota places in the events their shooters were scheduled to participate in. Sport should not be made a scapegoat of political slugfest and should be played in true sportsmanship.
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