In response to the organizer’s decision to eliminate ‘shooting’ from Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 programme, India’s chief shooter wants the Nation to boycott it.
Since the year 1966, Shooting has been included in every Commonwealth game with just an exception in 1970, Edinburgh.
Media reports state that the actual reason behind dropping it out of the CWG 2022 is due to lack of proper facilities to host the game by the organizers.
It is estimated that eliminating this sport will have a huge impact on India’s overall performance and medals in the Commonwealth game.
In recent Gold Cast Games, Indian shooters have managed to bag 16 medals out of the total count of 66 medals from all over categories. This includes 7 gold medals in shooting alone. If this game is not included then many shooters will miss the chance to win medals in this category of sports.
Raninder Singh, President of India’s National Rifle Association, told in local media reports that shooting has been one of the major sports disciplines in Olympics. Hence, the organizers of Birmingham CWG should not treat such a significant sport in a shabby way.
Singh also stated that India has a strong historical background and bright future in shooting and the organizers can’t take it away from them. Following his statement, he also urged the Indian government to boycott 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Raninder also expressed his interest to discuss this issue with Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee after his arrival in Delhi.
In response to this news, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sports Minister, also an Olympic silver medallist, has sent a written request to the Federation of Commonwealth Games to review this decision.
Following the news of exclusion of this sport, a petition has been signed by above 56,000 people, in order to ask the GCF for including shooting as a sport at Birmingham CWG 2022.