ISSF Shooting World Cup in Baku will not take place due to coronavirus pandemic-Sports News , Justnewsday”

By | April 26, 2021

ISSF Shooting World Cup in Baku will not take place due to coronavirus pandemic-Sports News , Justnewsday”

The tournament was to take place from 21 June-2 July and would have served as good preparatory ground for all shooters who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

ISSF Shooting World Cup in Baku will not take place due to coronavirus pandemic

India’s Tokyo 2020 quota-winning shooters with NRAI officials at the ISSF New Delhi World Cup 2021. Image courtesy: NRAI

New Delhi: The upcoming ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, scheduled to be held just before the Tokyo Olympics, will not take place due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the host country.

The tournament was to take place from 21 June-2 July and would have served as good preparatory ground for all shooters who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Azerbaijan Shooting Fedeartion (ASF) has informed the International Shooting Sport Federation that due to the a surge in COVID-19 cases in Azerbaijan, the country’s government “considered it inappropriate and unsafe to organise ISSF World Cup in Baku,” the world governing body said in a statement.

“Considering all above stated we are forced to inform you that ISSF World Cup Baku 2021 will not take place,” the ISSF quote the ASF as saying.

“We are really sorry about that, but there was no other solution, since health of participants is a main priority for all of us.”

India will be fielding a 15-member contingent in the Tokyo Games, and the combined World Cup in Baku was the last top international outing for the shooters before the sporting showpiece in the Japanese capital.

The Tokyo Olympics Games are scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August.

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