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NRAI President calls for boycott of 2022 CWG

IANS  |  New Delhi 

(NRAI) on Tuesday said he will write to the to boycott the in 2022 over the Organising Committee (OC) decision to drop the shooting discipline from the Games programme for the 22nd edition.

Raninder also informed that he would be raising the issue with Thomas Bach, who will be visiting from April 18-20 to meet the newly-elected body of the (IOA).

"It's absolutely unfair to treat a major Olympic discipline in such a shabby manner by the CWG organisers," Raninder said during a function here to felicitate the Indian shooters who returned with a rich haul of 16 medals from the Gold Coast CWG.

"is a strong nation in shooting and they can't take away the sport from us. I would request the to boycott the Games. I will be raising this issue with Bach as well.

"This is unfair. I will be writing to the minister (Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore) and IOA (Narinder Batra) to work towards getting the shooting included. I have a luncheon meeting scheduled with Bach and I will request him to look into the matter," he added.

Raninder said that he has been in personal touch with and other (OCA) members to get this "ridiculous" situation corrected.

"ISSF had three set of meeting with the organisers in the presence of Martin and the Commonwealth shooting federation

"They believe that to create structure for shooting ranges will be expensive. I will request them to hold the shooting events in Brisley which is just 70km away from Birmingham," he said.

Recently, Rathore wrote a letter to the and OC requesting them to reconsider their decision to drop shooting from the Games.

However, had, in a communication to all Commonwealth Nations in February, had categorically stated that there will be no going back on the decision since shooting has always been an "optional" sport.

In another significant announcement, the NRAI revealed that will skip the forthcoming editions of ISSF World Cups in the US and with a view to keep the shooters fresh for the bigger challenges ahead, most importantly the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South and in

The Changwon World Championships will double up as a qualifying tournament to secure quota place for the 2020 Tokyo

On the issue of skipping the World Cups, Raninder said the decision was more of a "strategic" one keeping in mind the recovery of Indian shooters.

"These shooters are not machine where I'll keep on asking them to compete and they will keep on bringing medals. They also need the recovery time," he said.

"Earlier our focus was but now the focus has shifted to the World Championships where the Olympic quota places will be decided.

"We will replace these World Cups with an in-house technical camp in However, the shooters will go to the and Munoch World Cups," he added.

The US for Rifle and Pistol in is from May 7 to 15 while the Shotgun is scheduled from June 5 to 15.

-IANS

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 17:40 IST
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