New Delhi, Jul 2 (UNI): The Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships, scheduled to be held in Chandigarh next year before the Birmingham Games, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken by the Commonwealth Games India (CGI) Executive Board with the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
‘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,” CGF president Dame Louise Martin said in a statement on Thursday.
The current COVID-19 situation in the country played a part, among other factors, in the cancellation of the event.
Archery had been held in only two Commonwealth Games editions (1982 and 2010) while shooting, traditionally one of India’s strongest sports, had been a constant fixture in the programme since 1974.
India has enjoyed considerable success in shooting at the Commonwealth Games – winning 16 medals in the 2018 edition at Gold Coast, Australia – while winning eight Commonwealth Games medals in archery in 2010 in New Delhi.