The Indian shotgun team, scheduled to compete in the ISSF World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus, from March 4 to 13, has been withdrawn by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), due to the coronavirus threat.
“Acting upon the travel advisory by the Ministry of Health, wherein certain nations have been listed for a complete travel ban, the Indian team has been withdrawn from the Cyprus World Cup because we have found that at least one of those listed nations will be represented there,” said NRAI president Raninder Singh, in a statement released on Friday.
The NRAI president further clarified that the presence of some countries in the World Cup in Cyprus would have led to the Indian shooters being quarantined on their return.
Thus, it would have jeopardized their chances of competing in the World Cup at home in Delhi, starting on March 15.
The deadly virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has so far killed close to 3000 people and infected nearly 80,000 globally.