IOA withdraws from CGF General Assembly meet

IOA: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Federation general assembly meeting on Friday, to protest against the move of dropping shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games roster.

The IOA also withdrew its nomination of secretary-general Rajeev Mehta for the election of regional vice-president (Asia) during the General Assembly as well as that of Namdev Shirgaonkar for a sports committee member. The IOA showed its disapproval in a letter addressed to the CWG CEO David Grevemberg. The letter read, “The leadership of CGA India has taken the decision (of) withdrawal of participation in the CGF general assembly to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in September.”

The IOA letter further stated that the only edition of CWG in Asia in the last two decades was hosted in India. “However, we are compelled to reflect on our standing within the Commonwealth movement in recent times. There has been much ire and disapproval by our stakeholders on the exclusion of shooting in the sports programme of 2022 CWG," it added.

IOA protest: Background

The CWG Federation left out shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games in its Executive Board meeting last month. The federation, instead, recommended the inclusion of three new sports- beach volleyball (men and women), women's T20 cricket and para-table tennis (men and women).

The decision has come as a huge blow to India, which had won 16 medals in shooting out of the total 66 during the 2018 Gold Coast CWG. Besides Edinburgh CWG 1970, shooting has been a part of every Commonwealth Games since 1966.

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