India: We want India at the Commonwealth Games, no doubt: a British minister | India News

LONDON: The British government has intervened to support India in its fight against the abandoned Commonwealth Games shooting in the British city of Birmingham in 2022.
British Sports Minister Nigel Adams said that India is an important Commonwealth country and he wrote to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to try to find a solution to the impasse.
"We want India to be here, no doubt," the State Minister for Sports, Media and Creation said in a statement released on Tuesday.
"I totally understand the passion of shooting enthusiasts across the Commonwealth. I have already written to the Commonwealth Games Federation to see if we can organize some form of shooting, maybe a Commonwealth shooting championship, "he said.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOC) will decide next month to boycott the Games after confirming that the shooting would not be included for the first time since 1970.
India won a record 16 shooting medals. Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast last year.
David Grevemberg, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, also announced his intention to speak to the IOC to try to find a solution.
"India is an essential member of the Commonwealth. We want Indian athletes to participate. There is a strong Indian community in Birmingham that wishes to celebrate these athletes, "said Grevemberg.
A possible compromise in which a Commonwealth shooting competition could take place at Bisley in Surrey instead of Birmingham, was the order of the day.
However, Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022, believes that organizing events outside the West Midlands region was not ideal.
"The committee has determined that the proposed location in Bisley, Surrey, would provide little or no benefit to the West Midlands, as part of Games with a significant share of funds in the region," Reid said.
"We spoke with the CGF and understand that senior officials hope to meet soon with the Indian Olympic Association to discuss their concerns. We hope that we will welcome India to Birmingham in 2022, "he said.
According to Birmingham 2022, shooting is not a core sport of the Commonwealth Games Federation, but an optional sport. In December 2017, he was not included in Birmingham's bid for the organization of the 2022 Games.
Instead, he proposed adding three sports: the cricket table tennis and the beach volleyball all of which can be organized in rooms in Birmingham or the West Midlands. benefits for a region that provides substantial funding for the Games ".
Birmingham 2022 is considered the first major multi-sport event to feature more women's medals than men after T20 cricket, beach volleyball and table tennis were added to the program.
This means that there will be 135 medals available for women and 133 for men.
This is also the first time that cricket, a sport associated with many Commonwealth countries, has been part of the Commonwealth Games since South Africa won a men's 50 over 1998 event in Kuala Lumpur.
"We want every single country and territory that can compete in the Commonwealth Games, including India, in Birmingham in 2022," said Reid.

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