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Rathore asks CGF and England not to remove shooting from 2022 CWG roster

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With shooting set to be dropped from the Commonwealth Games' roster, Minister today shot off a missive to his British counterpart and to the CGF President, asking them to intervene and ensure that the sport remains a part of the 2022 edition.

The Federation (CGF) has left it to the host nation, in this case England, to keep or remove shooting, which has always been an optional sport, from the schedule.

Rathore wrote not only to the CGF but also sought intervention from Britain's MP Matt Hancock, who is for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Rathore, himself an Olympic medal winning shooter, said removal of the sport from the CWG 2022 will create negative impact on the Indian and as well international shooters.

"Dropping the sport from the CWG, 2022 would come as a major setback to the large number of athletes in these countries who would be preparing for this competition and also the sport loving public who have watched and enjoyed this sport over so many Commonwealth and Olympic Games," Rathore wrote in his letter.

"I am, therefore, soliciting your kind intervention in the matter to retain Shooting as a sport in the CWG-2022, Birmingham," silver medallist in double trap wrote.

has expressed its reservations about putting together facilities to host shooting events.

Rathore, in his letter, explained how the popularity of the sport has grown substantially in and that training and competition venues for shooting have mushroomed all over the country.

"With the recent successes of Indian shooters at the world stage, a large number of youngsters are taking up shooting as a competitive sport and aspiring for excellence at the international level. I am sure that this would be the position in a number of countries," Rathore wrote.

"If shooting is axed from the Games roster, it would come as a massive blow to India, which has done quite well in the sport," Rathore wrote.

is second in the CWG's all-time medal list for shooting, having won 118 medals, including 56 told, till the Gold Coast Games.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:30 IST