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    Absence of shooting from CWG 2022 will shrink India's medal count

    Absence of shooting from CWG 2022 will shrink India's medal count

    Absence of shooting from CWG 2022 will shrink India's medal count
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    By Prakhar Sachdeo   IST (Published)

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    The numbers paint a picture — Indian sports fans are in for disappointment as India's medal tally is bound to shrink. But this is just the start of darker days for India in the Commonwealth Games. The CGF has confirmed that shooting will be excluded for the 2026 edition of the games, along with wrestling, and archery.

    The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games is now just two days away. Thie year's Commonwealth Games set to be hosted by Birmingham will have 20 sports. Of the 20, India will be participating in 15 and is sending 11 men and 104 women to Birmingham. The participants' numbers would have been much higher had shooting and archery been part of the CWG 22.
    The exclusion of archery and shooting from the Birmingham games is a jolt for India. Let's look at shooting as a Commonwealth Games discipline and how its absence from CWG 2022 will shrink India's medal count.
    Why shooting was excluded from the 2022 Commonwealth Games?
    A 2017 report on News18.com stated that the Commonwealth Games Federation had excluded shooting as an event for the 2022 edition of the Games.
    Justifying the move, Peter Hannon, the spokesperson of Commonwealth Games in England, had said, “It’s a decision that the Birmingham bid as a whole has made rather than just Commonwealth Games England. The Birmingham bid made an assessment of all the optional sports and they picked the sport which were enabled to take place close to Birmingham.”
    The move to exclude shooting is a big blow for India.
    Shooting's history in Commonwealth Games
    Shooting as a sport was first included in the 1966 edition of the Commonwealth Games which were hosted by Jamaica. Since those Games, with the exception of the 1970 edition, shooting has been an integral part of the quadrennial event.
    How shooting's exclusion will affect India
    Firstly, India has been a stronger performer at the Commonwealth Games. India has finished fifth or above in the past five editions of the Commonwealth Games.
    Edition of Commonwealth Games GoldsSilversBronze TotalIndia's position on the medal tally
    2002302217694th
    2006221711504th
    20103827361012nd
    2014153019645th
    2018262020663rd
    India has won a total of 350 medals in these five editions of the Commonwealth Games.
    What has been the shooting's contribution to the medals won by India? Take a look at this table.
    Edition of Commonwealth GamesTotal medals won Medals won in shooting
    20026923
    20065027
    201010130
    20146417
    20186616
    Shooting amounts to 113 of the 350 medals won by India in these five editions of the Games. In percentage terms, it is 32.28.  In fact, India has been the second-best nation in the all-time medal tally of shooting
    Rank Nation Gold Silver BronzeTotal
    1Australia706045175
    2India634428135
    3England496067176
    4Canada394038117
    5New Zealand15162152
    (table updated after the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games)
    India has been the best-performing nation in shooting in four of the last five editions of CWG.
    Edition of Commonwealth Games Host cityBest performing nation in shooting 
    2002ManchesterIndia
    2006MelbourneIndia
    2010New DelhiIndia
    2014GlasgowAustralia
    2018Gold CoastIndia
    At Glasgow, India had finished third behind Australia and England. Another highlight in shooting was when in 2006 Indian shooter Samaresh Jung was awarded the prestigious David Dixon Award. The award which was constituted in 2002, is given to the outstanding athlete of each Commonwealth Games. At the Melbourne Games, Jung had clinched a staggering five golds, one silver and one bronze.
    Further, a report titled "India's Preparation for Birmingham CWG 2022" by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports stated that shooting has been India's most productive sport in Commonwealth Games.
    The numbers say it all — Indian sports fans are in for disappointment as India's medal tally is bound to shrink. But this is just the start of darker days for India in the Commonwealth Games. The CGF has confirmed that shooting will be excluded for the 2026 edition of the games, along with wrestling, and archery.
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