India's CWG shooting, archery medals to be added is 'pathbreaking'

Updated: Feb 25, 2020, 11:13 IST | PTI | New Delhi

NRAI chief Raninder Singh terms India hosting CWG shooting, archery events in Jan 2022 as an innovative and unprecedented development for the sport

Pistol shooters in action during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Pic/AFP
Pistol shooters in action during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Pic/AFP

NRAI President Raninder Singh on Monday described the Commonwealth Games Federation's decision to add the medals won in the shooting and archery championships in India to the tally of 2022 Birmingham Games as "pathbreaking" but also admitted that the proposal was "against the grain". After its Executive Board meeting in London, the CGF decided that India will host the Commonwealth shooting and archery championships in Chandigarh in January 2022 and the medals from these two events will be counted in the overall tally of the Birmingham CWG.

However, the medals will be added to the final tally one week after the conclusion of the 2022 Birmingham Games. "This is a path breaking and innovative...unique and unprecedented development, that augers so well for the future of the commonwealth sporting movement," Raninder, who was behind the idea of holding the shooting championships, said in a series of tweets.

"This is truly a game changing methodology to hosting a prestigious multi sport even such as the CWG, where a cost effective and inclusive methodology has been created for bidding nations to partner with other nations to it in some sports to use existing infrastructure and not new," he said.

Raninder lauded Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Louis Martin and CEO David Grevemberg for showing "such a openness and engulfing leadership in accepting such a proposal that is admittedly against the grain".

The International Shooting Sports Federation, in a crisp statement, said its "sport was included into the Commonwealth Games". "Due to refusal of the Birmingham Committee to conduct shooting competitions the National Rifle Association of India [NRAI] took over this function with the support of the ISSF keeping the quotas and medals for athletes," the world body said.

"We hope that no special efforts will be required for the 2026 Commonwealth Games."

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