Reports : No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Reports : No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games

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SportsCafe Desk

12/22/2017

As per a report, it has learned that shooting has been excluded from the events list of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh has stated that they have written to the IOA and the Sports Ministry and made them aware of the situation.

On Friday, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin suggested a mixed-gender T20 cricket event for the Birmingham games. While the host nation can pick up to seven sports and Birmingham picked judo, table tennis, wrestling, gymnastics, diving, cycling and 3v3 basketball and decided to leave out shooting from their itinerary. 

“It’s a decision that the Birmingham bid as a whole has made rather than just Commonwealth Games England. The Birmingham bid made an assessment of all the optional sports and they picked the sport which were enabled to take place close to Birmingham,” Peter Hannon, spokesperson of Commonwealth Games England told Indian Express. “We’d like as many people to be a part of the Games but obviously, you are limited on the number of athletes and sport, so that forced some difficult choices.”

Indian players were brilliant in the game of shooting and in Glasgow, India grabbed as many as 17 medals in the sport. In total, India has won 438 medals in the Commonwealth Games in which the country claimed 118 medals in only shooting. NRAI president Raninder Singh is hopeful that shooting will soon include in the games. 

“Shooting is an important Olympic discipline and the one where India has done very well. We have written to the Indian Olympic Association and the Sports Ministry and made them aware of the situation. The international federation, too, is trying to convince them. Hopefully, they will have a rethink and include shooting,” said Raninder, who is also a member of the ISSF executive committee.

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