After the government gave a green light for hosting Commonwealth shooting championships and archery events in March 2022 last week, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has cleared the air saying it is yet to decide on whether the medals won during the proposed Commonwealth Shooting Championships in India will be added to the respective countries’ final tally of 2022 Birmingham CWG.
The development came after the International Shooting Federation’s (ISSF) claimed that the medals won at the event will be counted in the total Commonwealth Games tally, in line with the proposal made by the Indian Olympic Association. “The CGF can confirm that it has now officially received a proposal from Commonwealth Games India (CGI) to host a Commonwealth shooting event and potentially an archery event in India during 2022, the year of the XXII Commonwealth Games,” CGF CEO David Grevemberg said, according to a PTI report.
He further added, “The proposal will be reviewed and considered in January and February by the CGF and discussed with Birmingham 2022 Delivery Partners. Key aspects of this assessment will be to ensure that the proposal conforms with our rules and regulations, is operationally deliverable, sets manageable precedents for the Commonwealth Games and ultimately adds value to athletes and the Commonwealth Sports Movement.”
The CGF CEO was thankful to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the Government of India, the International Shooting Sport Federation and World Archery for being supportive of hosting the shooting and archery championships. “Finally, we would like to thank the CGI, the NRAI, the Government of India and the entire sporting community of India for their leadership and significant efforts taken to submit an innovative proposal with the ambition of strengthening Commonwealth Sport,” he said.
Last month, the IOA had officially withdrawn its threat to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting’s omission while also revealing their desire to host multi-nation sporting events like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games as well as the Youth Olympics. The proposal made by the association has stated that the medals won in the championships should be added to the country’s final tally of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
A statement on the ISSF’s website read: “a solution that will finally resolve the issues surrounding the Commonwealth Games 2022 has been found”. “Medals won in these competitions, will be counted in the medal standings of the countries participating in the Games,” the ISSF claimed in the statement.
“Throughout 2019 the ISSF leadership proposed several options for the return of Shooting Sports to the 2022 Games programme. Following a meeting in Munich in December 2019 between the ISSF President Vladimir Lisin and CGF President Dame Louise Martin, it was agreed that India will commit to hosting shooting competitions. This decision is also fully supported by both the Government of India and the National Rifle Association of India,” the statement further read.
The ISSF added: “World records, in events recognised by the ISSF, will be recorded both in qualifications and finals. The ISSF will guarantee full compliance with the rules and regulations of the Shooting Sport and provide all the necessary technical support.” In addition, it was proposed to expand the competition program by including four Mixed Team events, three of which are already included in the program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.