“There is a long tradition of Commonwealth Championships being held across the globe, featuring several different sports, so it’s great news that India will be continuing this tradition,” said Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games chief executive Ian Reid. In what may be termed as a welcome decision for the shooting and archery fraternity, two events of the 2022 Commonwealth Games namely archery and shooting will be held in India, six months before the main event in Birmingham.
“A Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships is set to take place in India in 2022 after a proposal to stage the event was approved by the CGF Executive Board,” the CGF said in a release. The two events are scheduled to take place in the city of Chandigarh in January 2020 whereas the main Games will be held six months later from July 27 to August 7.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Dame Louise Martin said: “Commonwealth archery and shooting athletes now have an unprecedented opportunity to compete in an elite event that will showcase the very best of Commonwealth sport and add value to the Commonwealth sports movement.” The decision was taken after the CGF executive board met in London to discuss the same. The events at Chandigarh and Birmingham will be organised and funded separately but medals will count towards the overall competition.
The cost for conducting the shooting events and archery events will be borne by the National Rifle Association of India and the Government of India respectively. Apart from CGF’s support, India also has able support from world governing bodies, International Shooting Sports Federation and World Archery to conduct the event.
“One week following the Closing Ceremony of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the CGF shall issue a medal table that includes results from the Chandigarh 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships, as a further and final legitimate ranking of competing nations and territories from the respective competitions,” the GCF said in a statement.
Indian shooters and archers have been performing well at the international circuit and the decision to conduct the shooting and archery event will further propel the athletes to bring out their A-game in such a high profile competition.