AGENCIES, New Delhi: The shooting World Cup scheduled originally for March and then rescheduled for May in New Delhi will not happen. On Monday, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) decided to cancel the tournament owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Cup event was first planned to be held from March 15-26. It was postponed to May just four days before the start of the event. It was decided to hold the tournament in two parts — Rifle and Pistol competitions from May 5-12, while Shotgun competitions from June 2-9.
“Due to COVID-19 pandemic the New Delhi Organising Committee has been forced to cancel Rifle/Pistol and Shotgun World Cups. Both of these were due to take place in New Delhi,” the sport’s world governing body — ISSF — said in a statement.
However, considering the current pandemic, it was decided to play safe in interest of the competitors and spectators to cancel the event.
News agency PTI had earlier reported that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was also under pressure to not organise the tournament in the given conditions in the country.