New Delhi: The dispute between the National Rifle Association of India and Commonwealth has now reached PM Modi. Indian shooters are hurt when shootings are removed from 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Indian shooters have appealed to PM Modi to take up the issue with British PM Boris Johnson. The Shooting Association of India has insisted that the expulsion of shooting is a step backward for the entire sub-continent.
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NRAI President Raninder Singh appealed to Modi to take up the issue of re-introduction of the sport in the Commonwealth Games with British PM Boris Johnson. The Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation decided to withdraw the shooting from the 2022 Commonwealth Games even after the recommendation of the review panel consisting of representatives from the Organizing Committee and Commonwealth England. The move was heavily criticized in India and the Indian Olympic Association even threatened to boycott the Commonwealth Games for not re-injoining the Games.
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Shooting has been a part of every Commonwealth Games except 1966 but it is not part of the core games of these games. The NRAI chief did not demand a boycott like last year but appealed to Modi to raise the issue. "We are once again looking at PM Modi to raise this issue bilaterally with his British counterpart Boris Johnson as soon as possible.
Raninder said that PM Modi had taken a similar initiative when Rajvardhan Singh Rathore was the Sports Minister. "You raised this issue during bilateral discussions during his visit to London and the then British PM Teresa agreed to look into the matter."
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