Shoot­ing sports to be ex­cluded from Com­mon­wealth Games

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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.

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