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Fri, February 22, 2019

India barred from hosting Olympic events by the IOC

The International Olympic Committee has suspended all Indian applications to host future Olympic-related events after two Pakistan athletes were denied visas to compete in the country.

The two Pakistani shooters were denied entry to compete in the ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi, following the attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in the region of Kashmir on 14 February. The attack left 49 paramilitary soldiers dead.

The IOC have consequently revoked the Olympic qualification status of the event, and have announced that they have frozen talks over organising major events in India. The Olympic organisation have also urged sports federations to refrain from holding tournaments there until the row was resolved.

India last year said it wanted to bid for the 2026 Youth Olympics, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Olympics as it seeks a higher profile to match its growing economic clout.

An IOC statement said the situation "goes against the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter", in particular the "principles of non-discrimination."

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