IOC Current Affairs - 2019

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Cricket to be re-introduced in Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has decided to reintroduce Cricket in the 2022 Asian Games to be held at Hangzhou, China.

Cricket in Asian Games

  • Earlier Cricket had featured in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games but was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games.
  • In all probabilities mostly T20 version of cricket would be introduced in the Asian Games like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.
  • In 2014, Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold and in 2010 Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours.
  • Indian Cricket Teams did not participate in both the editions.

In another major decision, the OCA has agreed to invite Oceania countries including Australia to compete at the 2022 Asian Games. Oceania athletes participation is limited to sports which qualify for the 2024 Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer and fencing.

Asian Games

Asian Games, also known as Asiad is a  multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.  Asian Games are organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in association with the host nation. Asian Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The first Asian Games were held at  New Delhi, India in 1951.

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IOC Suspends India from Hosting Global Sporting Events

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended all discussions with India regarding hosting of global sporting events in the backdrop of denial of visas to the two Pakistani Shooters. The Pakistani shooters were supposed to participate in the 25m rapid fire pistol event in the ISSF World Cup.

Contents of the IOC statement

  • IOC notes that the Indian government authorities have failed to grant an entry visa for the Pakistani delegation to participate in the ISSF World Cup which was a qualification competition for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be held in 2020.
  • Keeping in mind the interests of  other 500 athletes from 61 countries participating in other events of ISSF World Cup, the IOC has withdrawn the recognition of the 25m rapid fire pistol event and not the whole World Cup.
  • Denial of visa for Pakistani shooters is against the  Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter.
  • As a result, IOC Executive Board has decided to suspend all discussions with India regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events until clear written guarantees are obtained from the Indian government to ensure the entry of all participants in compliance with the rules of the Olympic Charter

The tensions due to Pulwama Terrorist Attack and the alleged role of Pakistan based groups behind the attack has deteriorated the bilateral relations. This is having a spillover effect on the arena of sports. There are also demands for withdrawing the Indian team from the match against Pakistan in the cricket world cup.

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