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The Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju of india has asked the British government to intervene over the elimination of shooting from the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.
India won seven gold medals in the game in the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.
But it’s been excluded from the Games for the first time since 1970.
At an letter to Nicky Morgan, he wrote:”The Indian public takes keen interest in shooting.”
His correspondence with the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport also noted that India constitutes over half of 2.4 billion population of their 53-nation Commonwealth.
While he added that”the worldwide Shooting Federation [ISSF] has provided to discuss the cost for addition of shooting in Birmingham.
“It appears the choice to exclude shooting is based on the premise that shooting had never been a compulsory sport and there is not any venue available for shooting events.”
Shooting has been included in each Games apart from one since 1966 (Edinburgh from 1970), but is not among their event’s’core sports’.
Last calendar year, shooting – along with beach volleyball, archery, cricket and tennis – voiced its desire to become a part of these Games.
An evaluation panel comprised of representatives from national and local authorities, as well as the organising committee and Commonwealth England of Birmingham 2022, has been setup to evaluate each game’s case.
But in June, Birmingham 2022 announced that women’s cricket tennis and beach volleyball was successful.
The movement has proved controversial, if the sport is not reinstated using all India threatening to boycott the event.
India topped the table for shooting the 2018 Games in Australia, claiming 16 medals.
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Check out the BBC Sport Live Guide for details of the forthcoming live game on the BBC.
How to enter shooting – find your nearest bar and pick between the three disciplines of rifle, pistol or shotgun.

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