Denying Pakistan Shooters Visa For ISSF World Cup May Lead To Sports Isolation For India

India bagged three gold medals in ISSF World Cup 2019

Not giving visas to two Pakistani shooters in recently-concluded ISSF World Cup, is costing a bit too much to India. There is a possibility that India might face isolation from federations in multiple international sporting events.

The first sport to take a hit is Wrestling. United World Wrestling (UWW) has asked federations to temporarily cut their ties with Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). This has led to a scare that India might face similar suspension from various International Sports Federations (ISFs).

Here is a list of events that India might not be able to host in the aftermath of attempts of isolating Pakistan athletes:

1. Asian Junior Wrestling Championship scheduled to be held in July this year may get shifted out of India.

2. The Hockey Series Finals, Olympic qualifying event to be held in June in Bhubaneswar is in trouble as well.

3. India Open Badminton starting March 26 and India Open Gold starting March 28 may face the repercussions of failed major sports diplomacy as well.

4. Combined shooting World Cup to be held in 2020.

5. Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships to be held in Odisha from July 17, 2019.

There were also reports that the richest cricket board in the world, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tried to get Pakistan kicked out of the upcoming World Cup 2019. However, International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared the air over the clash and it is upto India now whether they want to face Pakistan or gift them 2 crucial points (which will also have consequences beyond BCCI’s control).

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