India to host Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games shooting and archery

India could host shooting and archery events ahead of the main Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.

It can be understood that it is proposed that the events take place in either Chandigarh or New Delhi on Commonwealth Day, which would fall on Monday, March 14 in 2022.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Gamesannounced in 2018 that shooting, an optional sport for host cities, would not feature in the Games. Last year, the other option, archery, was dropped from the programme in June.

India had at one stage threatened to boycott the Games due to the decision to drop shooting, and in the present it has come up with a novel, if somewhat bizarre – solution.

According to CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, the proposal would be reviewed and considered by the CGF in January and February and discussed with Birmingham delivery partners. Main aspects would be to make sure that the proposal conforms their rules, set manageable precedents for the Commonwealth Games and ultimately add value to athletes and the Commonwealth Sports Movement. Finally, they thanked the CGI, the government of India, the National Rifle Association of India, and the whole sporting community of India for their leadership and significant efforts to submit a proposal with the ambition of strengthening Commonwealth sport.

India won 16 shooting medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The 2022 Games will take place from July 27 to August 7, with Birmingham replacing original host city Durban.

Last month, CGF president Dame Louise Martin said that India had confirmed its intention to take part in the 2022 Games, and the country had showed an interest in hosting the Games in 2026 or 2030.

The executive board set to decide on whether to accept the proposal at its meeting on February 20 and 21. It is understood that the board could ratify the decision, or open it up to a vote of its 71 member associations.