IOC lifts suspension on India hosting Olympic sports events

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The IOC has lifted a suspension on India hosting Olympic-related sports events imposed in February after two athletes from Pakistan were denied visas to compete.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Thursday that India’s government gave assurances to respect the Olympic principle of non-discrimination.

India promised to give visa entry “for all athletes who want to participate in the relevant Olympic events or qualifying events or in sporting events,” Bach said at a news conference after a two-day executive board meeting.

In February, the IOC withdrew the Olympic qualification status of a shooting World Cup event intended to qualify two athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Two Pakistani athletes had wanted to participate in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol event.

The IOC had also advised Olympic sports governing bodies not to choose India as a competition host until the dispute was resolved.

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