India withdraws boycott call for 2022 Birmingham CWG

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NEW DELHI - The Indian Olympic Association on Monday agreed to withdraw its boycott call for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting's exclusion and also said it will bid for either the 2026 or 2030 edition of the event. The decisions were taken during the IOA's annual general meeting here.

"We have decided to make a bid for 2026 or 2030 Commonwealth Games and we have also decided to send our contingent to Birmingham for the 2022 Games," IOA secretary general Rajiv Mehta told PTI.

After shooting, which is an 'optional sport' in the CWG, was dropped from the Birmingham Games, IOA chief Narinder Batra had proposed the country's withdrawal from the Games.

On Monday, the IOA also approved the National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) proposal to host a separate Commonwealth shooting championship before the main Games in Birmingham, hoping to make up for the sport's withdrawal from the roster of the 2022 edition.

The IOA will soon forward NRAI's proposal to the Commonwealth Games Federation for approval.