CWG gold-medallist Jitu Rai has expressed his unhappiness with the exclusion of shooting from the 2022 CWG, stating that it might affect the young shooters. He has also agreed with the NRAI, who wants India to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games, if shooting is not included as a discipline.
The Indian shooting contingent was excellent at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, where they managed to garner 16 medals that included 7 gold, 4 silver
However, Rai has also been of the knowledge that except the organizers, nobody could do anything but still has hopes that shooting would become a part of the 2022 Games.
“But it is not in our hands. We can only shoot and that is what we are doing. Whether to include the sport or not, is in the hands of
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) had asked India to boycott the entire 2022 Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) if
“If NRAI has said, then it is right. I agree with them. If they are removing one sport, then boycott the Games completely because we are doing so well in this sport. We were winning so many medals in shooting. I support the NRAI and government,” the 31-year-old said.
Jitu, who created a Commonwealth Games record score of 235.1 in the men’s 10m air pistol, had a disappointing outing the Rio Olympics in 2016. And it has now been looking highly unlikely that he would salvage his Rio Olympics disappointment anytime soon.
“When you get
Jitu Rai’s current goal has been to do well in the World Cup but he also has his sights set on the World Championship and the Asian Games which are later this year.