ISSF Shooting World Cup in Delhi from 15 to 26 March 2020
NRAI President, Indian team Shooters, welcome inclusion of Shooting in Birmingham Commonwealth Games medal tally
New Delhi(news4city)- The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh, as well as Indian team shooters Sanjeev Rajput and Manu Bhaker, wholeheartedly welcomed the inclusion of Shooting in the final Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) medal tally, at a press meet in the capital city before the advent of the senior International Shooting Sport Foundation (ISSF) season next month, which includes a combined home world cup stage.
In a landmark decision which can set a template towards solving the global issue of financial stress over hosting of multi-sport events, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in its Executive Board meeting in London on Feb 21-23, had accepted an Indian bid to hold separate Shooting and Archery Commonwealth competitions, provided the medals be added to the Birmingham 2022 games.
“It has to be remembered that all of us including the Hon. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Indian Olympic Association President and Secretary-General, all our brother and sister federations and the entire Shooting fraternity got together in national interest to get this through and any praise for each and every one of them will only be less and not more,” said Mr. Singh in his remarks, going on to explain the entire process undertaken on mission-mode by NRAI as well as the ISSF, including its President and Secretary-General, in persuading the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to bring Shooting back into the fold.
Senior Rifle Shooter and two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput also expressed happiness saying, “As a reigning CWG champion when I got to know that Shooting will no longer be part of the next games, I felt sad. So now, thanks to the federation’s and IOA’s efforts, it is not only great news for the Shooters but also for the country as we do really well in Shooting at the CWG.”
If the senior most practicing pro was happy, so was the youngest Indian CWG gold medalist, pistol shooter Manu Bhaker, who said, “I am really thankful to the IOA and the NRAI for their efforts in bringing Shooting back to the Commonwealth Games, more so because it will benefit us as a country.”
Mr. Singh also shared information on countries who have till date confirmed non-participation in the upcoming ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, for reasons related to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, as guided by their Sovereign policies. These countries included China, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Turkmenistan and North Korea. Pakistan, according to him “was never coming” as it did not fit into their Olympic plans, given their strength in the sport and corresponding resources.
The NRAI President also reiterated that any decision on travel of Indian Shooters to any foreign country as far as the virus outbreak issues is concerned, would be guided by the advice of the Union Government ultimately and all relevant and concerned agencies.
India has announced a 15- member squad for the upcoming (March 4-13) Shotgun ISSF World Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus, and a 55-member strong squad for the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in New Delhi from March 15-26, 2020.