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India should boycott 2022 CWG, says NRAI chief Raninder Singh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

(NRAI) today said the country must boycott the 2022 in if shooting sport is not reinstated.

Raninder said he will will soon write to the Ministry and (IOA) in this regard.

Speaking at a function to felicitate the Indian shooters here, the NRAI said, "Within a day or two, I am going to write to the Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the (IOA) and will urge them to boycott the 2022 CWG if shooting is not re-included in the games.

The Indian shooting squad bagged as many as 16 medals, seven of them gold, in the discipline at the just concluded in

"We will strongly appeal to the ministry and to withdraw Indian team from the 2022 edition of the CWG," he added.

The has decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Games, citing logistical issues.

In a letter to the 2022 Games organisers earlier this year, had said, "Shooting will not feature at the 2022 CWG and the has awarded the Games supporting these plans."

Grevemberg though made it clear that the sport was not being scrapped, insisting that it remained in the optional category, which a host city can pick in a particular CWG.

Rathore had written to the CGF, urging their intervention so that the discipline remains a part of the 2022 edition of the quadrennial Games.

The NRAI chief, though, still preferred to be hopeful of shooting being re-included in the Games.

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

Raninder also said that the NRAI was in constant touch with the (ISSF), the Federation (CGF) as well as with Games organising committee to work out ways in which the sport can still be included.

Shooting, though an optional sport at the CWG, has been played in every edition since 1966, except once in in 1970.

After a great show in Australia, top shooters will skip the (rifle/pistol) in Fort Benning, USA, from May 7-15 to focus on and World Championships in Changwon, It is the first qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo with plenty of quota places on offer.

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

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 17:55 IST
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