Despite India's threat of boycott, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Lewis Martin said shooting would not be part of the 2022 Birmingham Games . This would be the first time since 1974 when shooting would not find a place in the Commonwealth Games, but the CGF president said that shooting was never an essential part of these games.
Martin told Britain's Daily Telegraph, "A sport." Have to get the right to be a part of these games. "
He said, "Shooting has never been a compulsory sport. We will have to work on it but shooting will not be a part of sports. We have no place left now. "Shooting in the Commonwealth Games has always been a strong side of India. In the previous Games at the Gold Coast, India won 16 medals, including seven golds in shooting.
India had threatened to boycott the 2022 Games, opposing the move. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra has sought approval from Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in this regard. Birmingham was reported to have offered to host two shooting events, but was turned down by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF). The ISSF wants shooting to be fully incorporated into sports.
CGF CEO David Gravemberg stated that the exclusion of shooting is not against the constitution of the regulatory body of sports. He said, "We have done everything according to our constitution. Shooting was always an optional sport and a change in the sports schedule was natural. "
"IOA has a long history of supporting shooting and things need to be clarified from that point of view," he told InsideGames.com website. He appealed to India to participate in the Games.
Gravemberg said, "India is an important member of the Commonwealth and we want Indian players to participate in these games. There are a large number of Indians in Birmingham who will encourage them. ”
Ian Reid, Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022, claimed that the event understood India's concern and was constantly talking to Indian officials so that India would not boycott the Games.