India will not take part in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon in April because of Korea’s mandatory two-week quarantine rules, which will come in the way of the shooters’ training.
“Our shooters are not going to be participating in the World Cup in Korea as there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine. That means they will not be able to train for that period,” said a top official of the NRAI on Monday.
The tournament in Korea from April 16 to 27 is a combined World Cup with shooters from rifle, pistol and shotgun competing for top honours.
The official said the shooters will not be exempted from the quarantine as per the directives of the concerned South Korean authorities.
India is also scheduled to host a combined World Cup from March 18 to 29, at the national capital’s Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Before that, there is a shotgun World Cup slated in Cairo from February 22 to March 5.
The Indian shooters were also to join their counterparts from other countries for the National Test Event in Tokyo from April 25 to 30, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Japanese capital is set to host the Olympics in July-August this year.
All the upcoming tournaments will form part of preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
The World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, scheduled for June, will be the last international competition before the Tokyo Olympics.