The Indian government has wasted no time in agreeing to IOA’s proposal to host the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, although only in principle.
“I am directed to refer to Indian Olympic Association’s letter dated 1st January, 2020, regarding holding of Commonwealth shooting and archery events in India in March 2022 and to convey the ‘in-principle approval’ of the government,” the ministry said in a letter, reported PTI.
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With shooting and archery not being a part of the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Indian Olympic Association had decided to boycott the tournament, given the massive star-studded shooting contingent that was going to miss out on it.
However, after prolonged debates, it was decided that the IOA will withdraw the boycott and also host the shooting championship in India and the medal winnings of the competition will be counted in the tally of the 2022 edition.
The PTI report read that IOA president Narinder Batra had written to Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Dame Louis Martin, stating that it has been conveyed to the government “that medals awarded in these events should be legitimately recognised in the final total medal tally for the XXII Commonwealth Games in addition to those won by the competing nations at the Birmingham 2022.”
The letter to CGF, which further detailed the logistics of hosting the shooting and archery events, also recommended that both the sporting events be held simultaneously and in the same city – Chandigarh or New Delhi.
IOA’s letter read, “Whilst the costs outlined and enclosed in the shooting programs have been graciously accepted to be met largely by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the archery programme would likely be funded solely by the Government of India.
“Regarding the enclosed proposals, I venture to add that it is far more cost effective and efficient to conduct both events simultaneously and in the same host city. We have given you two options to consider as the NRAI is awaiting your decision to conduct or not the full bore discipline in the shooting programme which is a significant cost.
“The NRAI has informed me that this decision would be necessary to recommend whether the events could be hosted in Chandigarh or New Delhi,” it added.
Barring that the IOA has also suggested if the two events could be run “adjunctly to and some months prior to the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham during 2022.
“It is proposed that the opening ceremony would coincide with Commonwealth Day on the 14th of March 2022.”