Negotiations have begun in an effort to secure a Commonwealth Shooting Championships around the time of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with Altcar Ranges near Liverpool being floated as a possible venue.
The Birmingham 2022 organisers confirmed shooting would not be part of the Games programme, sparking a furious reaction from India, who threatened to boycott the Games altogether.
Additionally, the Shooters Union of Australia has called for Australia to support India’s boycott.
Britain’s sports minister, Nigel Adams, told insidethegames.com “I have already written to the Commonwealth Games Federation to see if we can accommodate shooting in some form, maybe a Commonwealth Shooting Championships,” adding: “It’s important that we do get a competition in 2022. I totally understand how passionate people are about shooting across the Commonwealth. We want India to be here, no question.”
The CGF has responded that any championships in Britain would have to be organised by British Shooting, could not be hosted simultaneously with the Games, and would need the approval of the CGF.
British Shooting are reported as saying: “As the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) member federation in Britain, we are happy to work with all the relevant bodies to gauge the appetite for such an event.”
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