Amidst all adversaries, hope still prevails for the Indian shooters as Commonwealth Games Federation president Dame Louise Martin is “committed to find a solution to shooting not being included in the 2020 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Dame in her exclusive blog in the https://www.insidethegames.bi website, has stated that she will discuss shooting’s inclusion in 2022 Birmingham CWG during the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Extraordinary General Assembly in Munich next month.
Shooting has been excluded from the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The Indian Olympic Association, headed by Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, has threatened to boycott the games if the matter is not resolved.
Dame Louise was in New Delhi last week. He has met Dr Batra and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to discuss the issue.
“The (IOA) president made very clear his concerns around shooting not being on the programme for Birmingham 2022,” Dame Louise has written in her exclusive blog on the website. “Given that shooting is one of the most popular sports in India and that their shooters are some of the best in the world, they wanted them to compete. We understood his concerns.
“These were later echoed by the Sports Minister, who told us that while he recognised shooting was an optional sport, it is the sport that they would love to have been part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. We took the concerns of the Sports Minister and the CGI President extremely seriously and, at the same time, were pleased to hear that they both consider the Commonwealth Games an extremely important event for the athletes of India,” she has stated.
She has further claimed that the CGF is “committed to working together to find a solution for shooting” and plans to travel to Munich for the ISSF Extraordinary General Assembly on December 7. She is looking forward to meet the federation president Vladimir Lisin.
“There has been lots of speculation around what this [the solution] could be and we were asked repeatedly about a potential Commonwealth Shooting Championships,” Dame Louise writes. “At present, we are working hard behind the scenes to find innovative and creative solutions to benefit all partners. This means finding a solution that works for [IOA] and India as well as the UK Government, the International Shooting Sport Federation, Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee, the athletes of the Commonwealth and our 71 member nations and territories.
“Dialogue will continue behind the scenes and I hope to attend the ISSF General Assembly in December to discuss other options. I am sure we will end up with a positive outcome. There is still a long way to go to reach a solution, however – ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’.”
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