Following denial of visa to two Pakistanis, the International Olympic Committee have suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country
The denial of two Pakistani players due to take part in a World Cup event in the Indian capital this weekend followed last week’s attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Pulwama, which killed at least 40 CRPF paramilitary police.
India has accused its neighbour of not doing enough to control the militant groups responsible for the Kashmir attacks. Pakistan has denied any involvement.
“Since becoming aware of the issue, and in spite of intense last-minute … efforts … and discussions with the Indian government authorities, no solution has been found to allow the Pakistani delegation to enter India in time to compete,” the IOC statement said.
“As a result, the IOC Executive Board also decided to suspend all discussions with the Indian NOC and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events in India,” it said.
The body also urged all international sports federations not to hold events in India, or grant hosting rights to the country for future competitions, until the government had provided “clear written guarantees” to ensure access for all athletes.
The Indian Olympic Association last year laid out an ambitious road-map to host the Youth Olympics in 2026, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2032. (with Reuters inputs)