Indian athletes views on CWG 2022 boycott.
In July, CGF (Commonwealth Games Federation) recommended the inclusion of three new sports in CWG (Commonwealth Games) 2022 in Birmingham.
CGF includes three new games in CWG 2022 and excludes shooting.
After this decision by CGF (Commonwealth Games Federation), IOA (Indian Olympic Association) has now threatened to pull out of the games. IOA (Indian Olympic Association) wants shooting in CWG 2022.
Shooting is a game in which India does very well at the previous Commonwealth Games. Exclusion of Shooting from CWG 2022 would be a big blow to the country’s medal hopes at the CWG 2022. Indian shooters won 16 of India’s 66 medals in the last edition of Gold Coast in 2018.
Indian athlete’s views are different on India’s CWG 2022 boycott.
Table Tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal thinks that IOA is making a decision on behalf of all the sports. She thinks that it is going to be hard if the IOA is going to boycott for other sports also.
“Boycotts don’t win you influence. They just make you irrelevant and punish other athletes. Would be far better if IOA did a campaign to load the CWG committees with their people and allies and push for the inclusion of shooting onto the core list of sports for the future”, Abhinav Bindra tweeted.
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand thinks that if the country is not going, we also won’t go. We will do as the government decides, she said.
“I think other athletes will suffer, sports will suffer,” Sushil told ANI.”It’s true we win medals in shooting in Commonwealth Games and this (excluding shooting) will lower our position in the medal tally. But we’re also performing well in other sports. We can compensate for medals by focusing on other sports. I urge Sports Ministry and IOA to review this,” he added.
Indian boxer Simrajit Kaur thinks, “Shooting has given a lot of medals to India. Because of them (shooters), our medal tally goes up. I think the absence of shooting will affect our medal tally. We should participate (in CWG 2022) only if shooting is part of the event,” Simranjit told ANI.