Shooting sports to be excluded from Commonwealth Games
Shooting organisations have expressed their dismay at the news that all shooting sports are to be excluded from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Shooting has been included in the Games since 1966 (with the exception of Edinburgh in 1970), and the shock decision is likely to anger competitors around the world. Peter Hannon of Commonwealth Games England has attributed the decision to a lack of appropriate facilities near Birmingham, with the closest Olympic-standard shooting range being in Surrey, roughly 150 miles away.
In a press release, the Countryside Alliance commented: “While shooting is particularly competitive in the UK, it also offers huge potential for smaller nations that focus on shooting sports. We will be working hard to convince the organisers to reconsider their short-sighted decision.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, NRAI president Raninder Singh (who is also a member of the ISSF executive committee) said he hoped the organisers would have a rethink and include shooting in the 2022 Games.