CWG to drop shooting despite India threat

CWG to drop shooting despite India threat
India won seven gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

London - Shooting has been a high-yielding discipline for India



By Reuters

Published: Tue 13 Aug 2019, 11:30 PM

Last updated: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 1:32 AM

Commonwealth Games chief Louise Martin said shooting will not be part of the 2022 edition in Birmingham despite a threat by India to boycott the entire event in protest.
Martin, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper that the decision to exclude shooting from the programme for the first time since 1974 had come down to a question of logistics.
Shooting has been a high-yielding discipline for India with shooters accounting for 16 of the country's 66 medals, including seven golds, at last year's Gold Coast Games. 
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra suggested the country boycott the Birmingham Games in protest at the decision and last month sought approval from sports minister Kiren Rijiju for the move.
"A sport has to earn the right to be in the Games," Martin told the paper.
"Shooting has never been a compulsory sport. We have to work through it but shooting will not be in the Games. We have no space anymore."
 


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