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Six countries pull out of Shooting World Cup in Delhi due to Coronavirus

Six countries pull out of Shooting World Cup in Delhi due to Coronavirus

New Delhi, Feb 26 (UNI) The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has forced six countries, including China, to withdraw from next month's shooting World Cup, the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) said on Wednesday.

The ISSF Shooting World Cup is scheduled to be held from March 15 to 26 at Karni Singh Shooting Range, here.

NRAI President Raninder Singh informed reporters here that six countries have withdrawn from the World Cup due to Covid-19, while Pakistan shooters themselves have decided not to participate in the tournament.

"China have taken a wise decision on their own as a nation. They don't want to infect others and hence, won't travel. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, North Korea and Turkmenistan have also backed out because of national policies," said Mr Singh, referring to the domestic travel restrictions imposed by the governments of these countries.

A total of 80 countries were set to take part in the tournament, but it has now been reduced to 73.



Taking about the non-participation of Pakistani shooters, Mr Singh said that two Pakistan shooters were to take part in this World Cup, but they themselves refused, as they would rather train for the Olympic event with their coach.

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