- Gagan Narang feels shooting shouldn't depend on CWG to thrive
- He cited examples of squash and cricket for the same
- CWC had, earlier last month, announced that shooting would not be a part of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, much to the dismay of India
Last month, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had made a stunning announcement stating that shooting will no longer be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
While many people in India’s shooting circles expressed concerns over the shocking outster of Shooting from the competition, Gagan Narang thinks otherwise. The Olympian refuses to see it as a setback, saying that the sport shouldn’t depend only on quadrennial events in order to thrive.
Narang, who is an Olympics bronze medallist, pointed out to the example of sports like cricket and squash to highlight his point.
“I don’t see it as a setback, it’s not a negative thing. If you look at cricket, it’s not there in the Olympics, not even in the Commonwealth Games, but the sport is thriving on its own. Even squash, for that matter, that is also doing well on its own,” said Narang.
“Now that it is out let’s be positive and give our best in Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” the 36-year-old added.
Indian shooters have been one of the most consistent performers at the Commonwealth Games, having bagged 16 medals last term. This includes 7 gold at the Gold Coast Games. In fact, the country has won the most number of medals in CWG’s shooting event since the 2002 edition.
It, thus, comes as no surprise that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has threatened to boycott the 2022 Games. Nonetheless, the sports ministry promised to explore diplomatic channels.
Narang, one of the country’s best shooters, is also not too worried about the announcement because he believes that shooting will be back in the CWG programme post the Birmingham edition.
“… In any case it will be back again I am sure. Okay, it’s not there in Birmingham, but it will certainly be back for the later editions,” he said.
Decision of not including shooting in the commonwealth games 2022 will not only cause decrease in medal tally for India but will also discourage the athletes who have been waiting for this event. India's warning to boycott the event is a good step to build pressure on them.
— Vishal Verma (@vishalverma0405) June 23, 2019
Last year, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the country’s then sports minister, had communicated with the CGF president to make sure shooting remains a part of the 2022 edition.
Furthermore, Raninder Singh, president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), had urged for a boycott of the Birmingham Games if shooting was not included.