IOA and CGF chiefs to discuss shooting at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games during November meeting in New Delhi

IOA President Narinder Batra is set to meet CGF chief Louise Martin on 14 November to discuss the 'concerns' raised by India on the axing of shooting from the 2022 Birmingham CWG.

Press Trust of India September 23, 2019 18:15:16 IST
IOA and CGF chiefs to discuss shooting at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games during November meeting in New Delhi
  • IOA President Narinder Batra is set to meet Commonwealth Games Federation chief Louise Martin on 14 November.

  • Martin will be accompanied by CGF chief executive David Grevemberg.

  • IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta will also be present during the deliberations.

New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra is set to meet Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Louise Martin on 14 November to discuss the "concerns" raised by India on the axing of shooting from the 2022 Birmingham CWG.

Martin had, in a letter written on 16 September, suggested the meeting between the top brass of the IOA and CGF to which Batra replied that the most suitable time would be 14 November.

IOA and CGF chiefs to discuss shooting at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games during November meeting in New Delhi

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"...as suggested by you in your e-mail dated 21.09.2019, we agree to start from 14th November, 2019 in Delhi," the IOA chief wrote.

The CGF chief is yet to reply to Batra's latest e-mail but the meeting is most likely to take place on 14 November as Martin had earlier indicated a tentative window (of the weeks of 11 and 18 November) for it.

Martin will be accompanied by CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, while IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta will also be present during the deliberations.

The CGF chief is also expected to meet Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Earlier, Martin in her letter to Batra, written on 29 July, had listed three purposes of her visit to India but she did not directly mention any discussion on India's demand for a reversal of the CGF's decision to drop shooting from the 2022 Birmingham CWG.

After the unprecedented move of the IOA in July to propose boycott of the Games, the CGF leadership has indicated that it's too late to change the decision, more so after the event roster was ratified by the General Assembly in Rwanda on 3 September, which the IOA had boycotted in protest.

"The intended purpose of our visit would be to cover the following areas:... further clarification necessary on the composition and process for determining the CWG sports programme, recognising the concerns raised by India (including relations going forward with the ISSF and ICFRA)."

Batra said Mehta will accompany Martin and Grevemberg to Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The IOA top officials had earlier talked about not having any Indian in the CGF decision-making bodies which they said made it difficult for them to work in making shooting a core sport in the CWG.

Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970.

But since the sport in an optional one, it has remained the prerogative of the host nation whether to include it in the CWG.

The CGF constitution will need an amendment if the sport is to be included in the core programme.

The 14 November meeting may discuss the issue of India's absence in the top decision-taking bodies of the CGF.

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