In a major development to show the Indian government’s commitment to the development of sports in the country, the government on Tuesday gave a written guarantee to the Indian Olympic Association and International Olympic Committee that all eligible athletes will be allowed to participate in events held in the country.
The decision comes after the IOC had decided to “suspend all discussions” with India regarding hosting of global sporting events after Pakistani shooters were not issued visas for the World Cup held here.The Olympic committee had also revoked the Olympic qualification status for two quota places in the 25m rapid fire event from the New Delhi World Cup due to denial of visas to the Pakistani shooters in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
The IOC had then said that it will not allow India to organise Olympic-related events in the future, unless written assurances are obtained from the government.
In a written communication to the IOA President Narinder Batra, Union Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya on Tuesday said India will “permit all qualified athletes belonging to any National Olympic Committee recognised by IOC or any national federation affiliated to International Federation concerned to participate”.
He added: “Such participation of athletes shall be without prejudice to our principled positions and policies on other political matters including issues such as international recognition or otherwise of the country of origin of the athletes.