Two precious events on the 2021 Indian sports calendar have fallen prey to the Covid-19 pandemic. Indian were to host the Commonwealth Shooting and Archery competitions next year. The tourneys have been called due to the uncertainty posed by the pandemic.
The Commonwealth Games India Executive Board and Commonwealth Games Federation has reportedly taken a joint decision to cancel the two events.
The cancellation has come as a big blow to the Indian shooters. The shooting sport has been excluded from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The shooting events winners were to get CWG medals.
The cost for the shooting championship was to be met largely by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). The archery event was supposed to be funded solely by the Indian government.
The Commonwealth archery and shooting championships in Chandigarh have been cancelled due to the “uncertainty” posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said, “We are disappointed that the 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships will no longer take place, however, this is the right decision to take in the current climate.
“Despite this news, there are numerous key learnings that will benefit our ongoing work as we look to innovate and create new Commonwealth Sport Properties.
“The Chandigarh 2022 concept has identified exciting opportunities regarding future co-hosting possibilities that we must further explore.”