CGF Ignores India’s Plea To Include Shooting In 2022 CWG Games

| April 28 , 2018 , 15:57 IST

The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will go ahead without the shooting event, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed on Saturday.

This news comes as a jolting blow to the Indian shooting contingent. 

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Earlier in January this year, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had backed the local organizing committee’s choice to not include Shooting at the Birmingham 2022 CWG.

Following this, National Rifles Association of India’s chief Raninder Singh had urged the sports ministry to boycott the 2022 CWG if shooting was not included in the Games. Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had taken up the issue with CGF.

However, their efforts seem to have fallen on deaf ears as a CGF spokesperson confirmed that shooting will not be reinstated at the Birmingham CWG. Citing logistical reasons for scrapping shooting, the spokesperson said, "We (CGF) believe it is fundamentally important for the Games hosts to propose a sports programme that complies with our agreed rules but also works best for them. We understand that there will be a disappointment.”

Shooting has been an optional event for the host city to either include and not at their Games. Barring the Edinburgh games in 1970, shooting has been a part of CWG every single time.