Indian Olympic Association general secretary Rajeev Mehta has revealed the executive council would be meeting next month to take a decision on whether India would be participating in CWG 2022. With England opting to exclude shooting from the Commonwealth Games, IOA had decided to boycott it.
Upon IOA’s decision to protest against the dropping of shooting from its roster and requesting the sports ministry for its views, the sporting fraternity has given varied opinions and the association has taken everything into account that would all determine the council’s decision next month, stated Mehta.
“We have noted the views of some of our sportspersons and some NSFs are also asserting their right to participate in the Commonwealth Games. In the light of all these, our Executive Council will meet next month and take a decision on the matter,” said Mehta, reported PTI.
However, Mehta clarified the allegations that said that IOA had not taken up the case of shooting in an amendment of the constitution of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) that stated the composition of it in the compulsory sports during the 2015 General Assembly. Mehta said that the IOA had backed the amendment that included sports like wrestling, table tennis, and gymnastics, all of which have strong Indian athletes and are also among compulsory sports. He also said that IOA’s support to that amendment has no relation with shooting.
“In the 2015 CGF Assembly, the IOA backed an amendment which related to compulsory sports and so not related to shooting. The amendment included wrestling, table tennis and gymnastics among compulsory sports and cricket included among optional sports. India seconded the amendment as it had many positive aspects.
“Earlier the choice of optional sports was restricted to seven but the 2015 amendment to Article 22 (Sports in the Programme for CWG) removed the cap in the number of optional sports also. Shooting was never a compulsory sport in Commonwealth Games.
”Shooting was never a compulsory sport in Commonwealth Games. It has always been an optional sport but at the same time has been a part of every CWG since 1966 with the exception of 1970 in Edinburgh. The CGF Constitution of 2005 and 2014 mentions shooting as a choice of the host. In 2010 Delhi CWG also, shooting was an optional sport,” he added.
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