India to submit Commonwealth Shooting Championship proposal to CGF

The IOA is hoping for a separate shooting event ahead of the 2022 CWG with equally accorded medals.

By Sandeep Banerjee ·

With 16 of India's 66 medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) coming in from the shooting team, it was not surprising to see the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), led by Narinder Batra, threatening to boycott the 2022 CWG in Birmingham after the committee had decided to exclude Shooting, citing logistical reasons.

Now, after a meeting between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), and the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in Munich on December 5, there are hopes on the horizon.

The NRAI having committed to host a separate Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 2022 and incorporating IOA's suggestion of adding medals won in the event to the 2022 CWG tally, the CGF has now asked the IOA to submit a proposal for hosting the event to the (CGF’s) Sports Committee, following which the CGF will present it before its Executive Committee for approval.

Fruitful talks help the cause

Encouraged by talks with NRAI president Raninder Singh, the CGF wrote a letter to Batra stating, as per Scroll, “The NRAI will work with you and Government of India to develop a formal submission to the CGF for consideration early January by the CGF Sports Committee and then to the CGF Executive Board for approval. This proposal must be formally endorsed and submitted by the Indian Commonwealth Games Association as the official member of the CGF.”

Singh‘s letter to Batra has also outlined a proposal for the IOA president of the championship event for which he mentioned the ISSF has extended 'complete support'.

Making the medals count

Other than suggesting March 14, 2022 as the tentative date of the championships, one of the key points that touched upon Singh’s proposal is that “...the medals awarded at this proposed event be accorded equal protocol as any medals won by a competing nation at the main event conducted later in the Birmingham CWG.”

The issue was also raised by Batra during CGF chief Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg's visit to India in November in order to discuss IOA's proposal to withdraw from the Birmingham Games.

While the CGF letter to Batra did not explicitly touch upon the issue, it did mention that the ISSF-NRAI proposal ‘substantively meets the expectations of all stakeholders.’

In his letter to Batra, Singh also stressed upon seeking the Government of India's approval for hosting the championship. 

“May I also request you as our President to permit, assist and support the NRAI seeking administrative approval from the Government of India at the earliest possible opportunity, and once this has been accorded, IOA/CGI forward this to the office of the CEO of the CGF for acceptance and examination," he proposed.