In an unprecedented move, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has decided that the medals from Commonwealth shooting and archery championships in January 2022 will be added to the total tally of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Also Read - Weightlifting: CWG Silver Medallist Pardeep Singh Produces Personal Best to Snatch Gold
The decision, taken at CGF’s Executive Board meeting in London from February 21-23, has come after India threatened to boycott CWG 2022 as the Birmingham organisers had dropped shooting (an optional sport) from the list of events. Archery is also an optional sport at the CWG. Also Read - India's Proposal to Host 2022 CWG Shooting, Archery Events Backed by UK's House of Lords
India will host both the competitions. “A Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships is set to take place in India in 2022 after a proposal to stage the event was approved by the CGF Executive Board,” the CGF said in a release. Also Read - IOA to Bid for Either 2026 or 2030 Commonwealth Games, Will Send Indian Contingent for 2022 Birmingham Games
The medals will be added a week after the conclusion of CWG 2022 in Birmingham.
The two competitions will be held in Chandigarh in January 2022 six months ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games to start from July 27 to August 7.
“The decision confirmed that Chandigarh 2022 and Birmingham 2022 will be two separately organised and funded Commonwealth Sport events. One week following the Closing Ceremony of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the CGF shall issue a medal table that includes results from the Chandigarh 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships, as a further and final legitimate ranking of competing nations and territories from the respective competitions,” the CGF added.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh, who said that decision was “unique and unprecedented development” and “truly a game changing methodology”.
He though admitted that NRAI and IOA’s proposal is “against the grain”.
India’s boycott threat had resulted in CGF President Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg visiting India in November last year following which the IOA withdrew its warning.
The IOA proposed to host Commonwealth shooting and archery Championships in 2022 with the condition that the medals awarded in these events will be counted in the final tally of the participating countries.
“We are very pleased that our proposal was considered by the Federation (CGF) and look forward to continuing to engage with all stake holders to ensure that the Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships is a resounding success for Commonwealth Sports Movement,” IOA president Narinder Batra said.
“Our proposal provides more opportunities for Commonwealth athletes to compete on world stage, and we look forward to welcoming Commonwealth’s best shooters and archers to Chandigarh in 2022,” he added.
The cost for the shooting championship will largely be born the NRAI while Indian government will fund the archery event.
“I am delighted that we have approved India’s ambitious proposal to host a Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships in Chandigarh during 2022,” CGF President Martin said. “Commonwealth archery and shooting athletes now have an unprecedented opportunity to compete in an elite event that will showcase the very best of Commonwealth Sport and add value to the Commonwealth Sports Movement.”