No Com Games shooting despite India threat

Shooting will not be a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham despite a threat by India to boycott the entire event in protest.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin says the decision to exclude shooting from the program for the first time since 1974 had come down to a question of logistics.

Shooting has been a high-yielding discipline for India with shooters accounting for 16 of the country's 66 medals, including seven golds, at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra suggested the country boycott the Birmingham Games in protest against the decision and last month sought approval from sports minister Kiren Rijiju.

"A sport has to earn the right to be in the Games," Martin told the UK-based Telegraph newspaper.

"Shooting has never been a compulsory sport. We have to work through it but shooting will not be in the Games. We have no space anymore."

The IOA could not immediately be reached for comment.

The newspaper reported that Birmingham's offer to hold two shooting events had been turned down by International Shooting Sport Federation, which wanted a full program.

The closest facility to Birmingham deemed capable by organisers of hosting a full shooting program was in Bisley, Surrey, about 209 kms away.

Martin, the report added, would try and meet officials on the Indian side and also intended to speak to Britain's sports minister, Nigel Adams.