Shooting at CWG: India wants British government intervention

Shooting at CWG: India wants British government intervention
Indian sports minister Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi - In the absence of shooting, India could slip to anywhere between fifth and eighth place in 2022, according to IOA estimates



By Reuters

Published: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 10:36 PM

Last updated: Fri 6 Sep 2019, 12:38 AM

India continues its relentless bid to get shooting back in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with the country's sports minister Kiren Rijiju seeking intervention of the British government for the event's restoration.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already threatened to boycott the Games over exclusion of the discipline which supplied 16 of their 66 medals, including seven golds, at last year's event at Gold Coast when they finished third in the medals table.
"I am writing this letter to seek your personal intervention to get the sport of shooting included in the Commonwealth Games ..." Rijiju wrote in a letter to Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
"It seems the decision to exclude shooting is based on the premise that shooting had never been a compulsory sport and there is no venue available for holding shooting events."
In the absence of shooting, which is an optional sport for host cities, India could slip to anywhere between fifth and eighth place in 2022, according to IOA estimates.
 


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