National Shooting Body Urges Sports Ministry To Boycott 2022 CWG

| April 17 , 2018 , 18:42 IST

National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) chief Raninder Singh insists that India should boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham if 'shooting' is not a part of the sporting event.

Speaking at a function to felicitate the Indian shooters on Tuesday, Singh said, "Within a day or two, I am going to write to Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will urge them to boycott the 2022 CWG if shooting is not re-included in the games."

Singh's father Captain Amarinder Singh is the Chief Minister of Punjab.

The Commonwealth Games Federation has decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games.

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In February, Rathore who himself represented India at many sporting events as a double-trap shooter and even won a silver medal in 2004 Olympic Games, wrote separate letters to both the CGF president Louise Martin and British MP Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, requesting their immediate intervention to ensure that the sport remains part of the 2022 edition.

“Shooting sport has been a part of the Olympics and CWG since 1896 and 1966 respectively and has been held without any break in the Olympics from 1932 and in CWG from 1974. With the recent success of Indian shooters at the world stage, a large number of youngsters are taking up shooting as a competitive sport and aspiring for excellence at the international level. I am sure that this would be the position in a number of countries,” Rathore wrote.

Indian shooting contingent won 16 medals at the recently concluded Games and if they were a separate nation, they would stand 11th in the medals tally with 7 Golds. This would put them higher than 60 other nations.