London, Aug 13 : For the first time since 1974, shooting will not be a part of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Louise Martin has said.
“A sport has to earn the right to be in the Games. Shooting has never been a compulsory sport. We have to work through it but shooting will not be in the Games," Martin told Daily Telegraph. "We have no space anymore.”
It is the first time since 1974 that shooting won't be seen at the Commonwealth Games and only the second time since its inclusion in 1966.
India has threatened to boycott the 2022 Games after it was revealed that the Executive Board of the CGF had decided to exclude shooting from the Games.
Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra had asked the government.
In last year's Gold Coast Games, Indian shooters bagged 16 of their 66 medals, including seven gold.
The International Shooting Sport Federation had earlier turned down an offer to hold only two events saying it wanted a full programme. (UNI)