IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an option

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 18:07 IST Birmingham is set to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSShooting will not be part of the Commonwealth Games 2022Ace shooter Heena Sidhu has asked for India to pull out of CWG 2022 as a mark of protestIndian Olympic Association chief has written to the Sports Minister confirming boycott as a viable optionAce shooter Heena Sidhu had recently said that India should even consider pulling out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after shooting was excluded from the games. And she has found a backer in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra. The chief has sent a mail to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and made it clear that discussions on these lines have been had informally by IOA members.In the mail, accessed by IANS, Batra writes: “This is with reference to the press statement of Secretary-General IOA in the month of May 2019 regarding the intention of IOA to most probably not participate in CWG 2022. The issues have also been informally discussed by IOA amongst some of the colleagues in IOA and they also agree with the views expressed by IOA Secretary-General (Rajeev Mehta).”Earlier, speaking to IANS, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary Rajiv Bhatia had said that there was nothing that it could do since the organizing committee had taken a final call on the matter.”We tried out everything but now that the organizing committee have taken a final call on it, nothing can be done. It’s over now,” he had said.It was revealed in June that the Executive Board of the CGF had decided to exclude shooting from 2022 Games to be held in Birmingham. It is the first time since 1970 that shooting won’t be seen at the Commonwealth Games and only the second since its first inclusion in 1966.The move comes as a blow to India which won 16 medals, including seven gold in the event at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, Australia. NRAI president Raninder Singh had said in 2018 that it would want the Indian government to boycott the 2022 Games if shooting was dropped from the program.advertisementSidhu had said: “I think it has happened before. We have backed out in the past. India is a big nation and we can throw our weight behind this.”Also Read | We need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Why Neeraj Chopra is among India’s biggest medal hopefuls in Tokyo OlympicsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Indian Olympic Association (IOA)Follow Commonwealth Games 2022Follow Narinder Batra IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an optionAfter it was revealed in June 2019 that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had decided to drop shooting as a sport from the next CWG, many in India have advocated for a withdrawal from the event as a mark of protest.advertisement Nextlast_img

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