The National Rifle Association of India has expressed disappointment that shooting is not on the initial list of sports disciplines for the 2026 Commonwealth Games to be played in Victoria, Australia. NRAI General Secretary Kunwar Sultan Singh believes India’s better performance than others is the reason filming was scrapped from CWG 2026.
“We followed it. In fact, as far as the Commonwealth federation is concerned which is rooted in the IOA and luckily the Indian Olympic Association also sued very strongly to have it. There is no no rhyme or reason for the federation to drop this sport. Maybe we just surpassed them on the medal score throughout this sport,” Kunwar Sultan Singh told ANI.
“So the federation holders who take it away and have halted sporting activity which is very absurd. Australia should have all the facilities. We really hope they should include shooting as well as a sport competition,” he added.
Australia hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2006 in Melbourne as well as in 2018 in Gold Coast recently and in both events shooting was a sport.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, India won 16 medals in shooting, including seven gold, four silver and five bronze, while in wrestling, India won 12 medals, including five gold, three silver and four bronze.
“Commonwealth Games, even the last time they were held in Australia. They were trying to eliminate shooting and it was only through the efforts of the NRAI that we were able to include them and hold them in India at the name of the entire Commonwealth championship, but we cannot succeed every time,” said NRAI senior vice president Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo.
“We have actually proposed to the Commonwealth Federation that NRAI can organize the shooting part of the Commonwealth Games every time in India. It is up to the Commonwealth Games Federation to agree to that,” he said. added.
Regarding the Asian Games, which were to be held in Hangzhou before being postponed due to COVID-19, the senior vice president said he hoped the Indian team would have a good campaign.
“At the Asian Games as well as the Olympics, we think we have a very strong chance of winning medals. I think time will prove that. The Asian Games have moved on to the next year. We have to make sure that our training schedules match the events so that our best athletes are at the top at the right time before the Asian Games,” said Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo.
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