National Shooting Body Urges Sports Ministry To Boycott 2022 CWG

Henrietta Strickland
April 18, 2018

The president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), Raninder Singh, has assured the shooting fraternity that every effort was being made to keep the sport in the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.

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".

Flags lie on seats before the announcement of the 2022 Commonwealth Games winning bid in Birmingham, Britain December 21, 2017.

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.

Don't drop shooting from 2022 CWG, Rathore urges Raninder also informed that he would be raising the issue with IOC president Thomas Bach, who will be visiting India from April 18-20 to meet the newly-elected executive body of the Indian Olympic Association led by Narinder Batra.

He said that the International Shooting Sport Federation had also had three meetings with the authorities on the subject.

The organisers of Birmingham Games have decided against including shooting but India are strongly opposing the decision.

With shooting accounting for 24 % of the team's medals, and 27% of the gold at Gold Coast, Raninder said that it was important to fight for the sport's retention.

"It is absolutely unfair to remove an Olympic sport". However, NRAI president altogether rejected this contention saying: "That's completely incorrect because I have witnessed a big surge in following for shooting during (the) Gold Coast competition". "I would request the Indian government to boycott the Games".

In January this year, the CGF had backed the local organizing committee's decision to not include shooting at the Birmingham Games.

Singh also declared that in order to ensure focus on the ISSF World Championships, scheduled for Changwon, Korea on the last day of August and which would also be the first quota competition for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, India would not participate in the two ISSF World Cup stages to be held in the United States of America this year.

India will also not participate in the ISSF World Cup for shotgun in Tucson, USA.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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