The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has given a clear hint that quota places will be scrapped from the World Cup which was inaugurated in the capital on Thursday. However, the world body’s Vice-President Raninder Singh, also the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), says that he is still hopeful of finding a solution to the “unique problem” which has arisen due to the non-participation of the three-member shooting contingent from Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack.ISSF boss Vladimir Lisin expressed his disappointment, and also his inability, to avoid scrapping of quotas for Tokyo 2020 Olympics which were on offer during the World Cup in India. Singh though found some hope in one word which Lisin used during his inaugural speech while declaring the event open.”The ISSF President used ‘may’ while addressing this issue during his speech. He said that because the Pakistani contingent has not been granted visas, we may not be able to award Olympic quotas here in this World Cup. There is history in IOC and of their tolerance of such issues. We are still hoping that the IOC, IOA, the government and the ISSF will be able to work out a formula where athletes who have come here are not left disappointed,” Singh told India Today in an interview after the inauguration of the World Cup.The international body’s president, its secretary and Singh himself spent Thursday meeting officials of the government in their last-minute bid to avoid the complicated situation.”There are limitations for everyone. These circumstances are extraordinary. Everyone knows what we are facing, the mood of the nation is known well right now. There was no mal-intent on the behalf of the organising committee. We tried our best to get them (Pakistan shooters) the visas. 503 athletes from 61 countries have got visas but this situation is out of our control. Above all, there is an Olympic charter which everyone has to follow.advertisementThe quotas will be redistributed in the forthcoming World Cups if taken away from the Delhi World Cup.”Nothing in the world is worst for an athlete. Not being able to achieve what they came here for. In such a scenario, I will be the most disappointed person. But, having said that, one should also be pragmatically aware of the uniqueness of this situation. It is unprecedented and unwarranted. Our hearts and minds are with the families of martyred soldiers,” said Singh, who is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
It was a near perfect day for the Australian teams on 2015 World Cup finals day at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Australia won eight of the nine divisions on offer, including retaining the Open’s and Masters World Cup trophies. Men’s Open Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 2Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oiUtWM4rQE Women’s Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 4Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpSp-J8L1W8&feature=em-upload_owner Mixed Open Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 5Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x374sc7aidU&feature=em-upload_owner Men’s 50’s Australia 7 defeated Italy 2 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVYvIIVdyY Men’s 40’sAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 6 (drop-off) Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWCwlQA4rs Men’s 35’sAustralia 5 defeated by New Zealand 6Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOvreuOH5uI Men’s 30’s Australia 9 defeated Cook Islands 1 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KP9wM9LkUk&feature=em-upload_owner Women’s 27’sAustralia 6 defeated New Zealand 1Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K9hVXrzvH8 Senior Mixed Australia 11 defeated New Zealand 7 Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY35DTVwaBA&feature=youtu.be Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for plenty more match reports, highlights and photos from the 2015 World Cup. Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksWorld Cup Champions