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India pulls out of shooting world cup in Cyprus over COVID-19 threat

The Indian shotgun team, scheduled to compete in the World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus, from March 5 to 12, has been withdrawn by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), owing to health concerns following directives by the Union Health Ministry related to the coronavirus outbreak.

“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by the Ministry of Health, wherein certain nations have been listed for a complete travel ban, the Indian team has been withdrawn from the Cyprus World Cup because we have found that at least one of those listed nations will be represented there,” said NRAI president Raninder Singh, in a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 here 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 jeopardised their chances of competing in the World Cup at home in Delhi, starting on March

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