Shooting and Archery, two disciplines in which India does well, and has athletes of world standards, will not be a part of 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held at Birmingham, England.
This a big blow to India, as India has on most ocasions topped the medals tally in the Shooting discipline at the Commonwealth Games, which has ensured them a top 5 finish in the last 5 editions.
Shooting as a sport is very popular in India, may be next to cricket, and with the development of infrastructure, we have witnessed a lot of young shooters coming through the system, who are world beaters on their day.
Though the shooters are performing in World Cups and World Championships around the year organised by ISSF, but the events that are closely watched by the mass population are the Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games. With Shooting being taken out of the Commonwealth Games, it leaves a big void in the quadrennial calendar for Indian shooters, as of the 03 multi sport games, our tally of medals in Commonwealth Games was always the highest among the 03.
For shooters like Mehuli Ghosh, who may not make it to the team of Tokyo 2020, since Apurvi Chandela, and Anjum Moudgill had already secured quota places for India in her event, the next major quadrennial event would have been the Commonwealth Games 2022, she herself was a silver medalist in CWG 2018, so that oppurtunity for her to convert the silver into Gold is lost, and moreover she has to wait for selection for Asian Games 2022 as her next major event now. For a young girl, making a country of 1.3 billion feel proud for her, its a hard journey, due this decision of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Committee.
Archery is also a common sport in India, as India already has the Men’s Team qualified for the Tokyo 2020. They will also be hurt by this decision, but not as bad as the Shooters.
India’s total medals tally will definitely come down in 2022.