We'll consider pulling out of 2022 CWG: IOA
NEW DELHI: India can pull out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to protest the exclusion of shooting and archery (recurve) from the Games' programme, Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) secretary general, Rajeev Mehta, has warned. The IOA could take a decision in this regard within a month's time or so at its Executive Council (EC) meeting in Delhi, Mehta said.
"Yes, we are pretty serious about it (the threat to boycott the Games). India will suffer big time by this decision. Shooting has been our biggest source of medal at the CWG. The sport has a rich history and legacy. Yes, we know that a decision has been taken and it would be difficult to reverse it. But still, it must be ratified by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) members who are meeting next month. Let's see what happens," Mehta told TOI over phone from London.
The CGF's executive board had, on Thursday, recommended dropping of shooting and archery (recurve) from the 2022 edition, while approving the inclusion of women's T20 cricket, para table tennis and beach volleyball instead. The decision must be ratified by 51 percent of the CGF's 71 members, which looks like a mere formality.
At the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, Indian shooters returned with a rich haul of 16 medals, including seven gold. Archery featured in only two editions of the CWG, the last one being the Delhi Games. India had won eight medals in the 2010 edition, including three gold.
In Gold Coast medals' tally, India were placed third (66 medals), behind leaders Australia (198) and England (136). However, with the exclusion of shooting, there's a possible scenario that countries like Canada and New Zealand might overtake India in the medals tally.
Reacting to the development, ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu told TOI, "It's going to be quite a bad scenario for India. Our medal tally will be low without shooting. I believe the organisers have done it to strengthen Britain's position in the medals' tally and present a strong image of their country in front of the home crowd. They have cut down on events where we were expected to fare better."
Jagdish Madan • Vancouver BC
Good move! IOA must assert itself where its beneficial for India. Besides, removal of two erstwhile competitions without a justification makes no sense at all!
In 1952,India were absent from World Cup because they cannot afford Football Boots.Very soon,with economy spiraling down,and fdake GDP,India will not be able even to travel to Canada for CWGs.
Arati Govindu• Location • 1 day ago
Common wealth games are reminders of colonialism. So better not to participate at all. This is a good chance for India to announce quitting the club forever.
Vincent Max• Mumbai • 1 day ago
This is terrible. How can you remove a game in which participants are representing in large numbers. One should only remove games if nobody is playing it anymore.
Tiger• New Delhi • 1 day ago
It's an optional sport and host country has all the right to remove it.
Arati Govindu• Location • 1 day ago
Right time to withdraw from reminder of this colonised club
Nation First• Others • 1 day ago
All international laws favours European countries I.e. White Peoples.
Rod Win• Raipur • 1 day ago
Commonwealth is a colonial legacy. We should not be part of it anymore.
Terry Willson• Mackay • 19 hours ago
Nonsense. Of the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth, The Queen is the head of state of 16 member states, while 37 other members are Republics and five others have different monarchs.
Ramdas B• Bangalore • 1 day ago
Once again Britain has proved it''s cunning and wicked ploy to target India . Indian gov should understand the motives and agenda of British regime in undermining India at every level
Rao Rao • 1 day ago
I have been always saying " INDIA MUST QUIT COMMONWEALTH " This is a stigma of our Colonial Past, Commonwealth only show cases to keep the Anglo''s Colonial Heritage COME ON INDIA YOU MUST QUIT COMMONWEALTH AS SUCH NOT ONLY GAMES // JAI AKHAND BHARAT !!
Gadkari • 23 hours ago
Well Done. India must resign from United Nations too.
Arati Govindu• Location • 17 hours ago
There''s a difference between common wealth and United nations. Mr gadkari, please understand before commenting
Stud Baker • 1 day ago
Commonwealth games should stop amyways. Name Commonwealth itself reminds us of slavery and captivity by not so more great , Great Britain. Instead of condemning UKs act of invasion, occupation and agression by Britain, we celebrate to remember that once Britain ruled us. Anyway if there is no China ,USA , Japan and Russia in any world games it looses its significance. SHUN AND ABONDON IT.
Vilas Durge • 1 day ago
We are a free nation and need to come out of being called a Common Wealth nation which is a constant reminder by the British that they ruled us. Also we need not spend our time, money and resources on CWG but rather focus on Olympics better to improve our medals tally and become a great sporting nation.
Suraj • 1 day ago
it's the CWG nobody even cares about it
Nitin Sood• 23 hours ago
commonwealth games as such should be scrapped. it is nothing but a show of former British colonies getting together reminding that once all these countries were under British occupation.
Venkatarao Vedula • 1 day ago
India is only good at posturing!
Kunal • Kolkata • 1 day ago
India should pull out of the Commonwealth itself.. We can buy half the countries in that group with the economy we have
Truth • 22 hours ago
India should pull out of common wealth! Lets get out of the colonial hangover.
B I• 1 day ago
India is so selfish.
Touch • 1 day ago
Why does the government not admit that they are pulling out because of lack of funds? They don't have funds to run the government and hence only making excuses to pull out of the games. It is so shameful that first time in history that India has put in a request do World Health Organisation for donations to vaccinate our children in India . They have written in the application government has no money for immunisation program. So very shameful.
Rao Rao • 1 day ago
IT''s NOT ONLY GAMES // INDIA MUST QUIT COMMONWEALTH// WHY DO WE HAVE TO CARRY THE STIGMA OF OUR COLONIAL PAST - ?? !! NOW !!
Gadkari • 1 day ago
Another empty threat from FEKU.
Tejinder Singh • 1 day ago
It will be a great decision. India is standing up for its dignity under leadership of Modiji.