Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has clarified that shooting has not been “scrapped” from the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham, insisting that the sport continues to remain in the optional category.
CGF CEO David Grevemberg has refuted claims from various media reports that shooting has been dropped from 2022 CWG at the behest of Birmingham, further terming the reports as ‘inaccurate.’
“In response to erroneous media reports, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) would like to clarify that shooting has not been ‘scrapped’ from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England,” PTI has quoted Grevemberg as saying.
“In no uncertain terms, the CGF wishes to clarify that shooting is, and always has been, an optional sport which a Commonwealth Games Host City has the choice to include on its Sports Programme should it so wish, and if it feels the sport is in line with its transformative ambitions for the Games,” Grevemberg added.
“Though it was already an optional sport, its status (as an optional sport) was reconfirmed by the entire Commonwealth of Nations at the 2015 CGF General Assembly.
“It is wholly inaccurate to suggest that the CGF has ‘scrapped’ shooting from the 2022 programme. One of the unique benefits a future Games Host City partner has is the ability to tailor the Games in line with its very own ambitions and aspirations,” Grevemberg said.
Various reports had earlier suggested that Birmingham might keep shooting out of optional sports list citing that the distance between the venue nearest Olympic-standard shooting range (Surrey, 250Km from Birmingham) and its reluctance to build new facility for the same.
India, which has shown impressive performance in the years, could suffer a huge blow if shooting is dropped from the Birmingham schedule. The country is listed 2nd in CWG’s all-time medal list for shooting with 118 medals so far, 56 of them being gold.