Britain seeks to calm India over the shooting row of the Commonwealth Games

The British government is trying to reach an agreement with India on the threat of the South Asian country to boycott the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 for the exclusion of Shooting of the program

Indian shooters accounted for 16 of the country's 66 medals at the Gold Coast Games last year and its Olympic Association (IOA) will soon make a decision on whether to continue its boycott threat.

British sports minister Nigel Adams said he was hopeful of a compromise that could see his country stage a truncated Shooting event at Birmingham 2022 or a Commonwealth Shooting championships that will not be part of the Birmingham programme.

"I totally understand how passionate people are about Shooting across the Commonwealth," Adams told British media. "We want India to be here, no question.

"I have already written to the Commonwealth Federation to see if we can accommodate Shooting in some form, maybe a Commonwealth Shooting championships.

It is important that we obtain competition in 2022. It is excellent for the economy. I understand that the federation is still talking with the agencies and I hope there can be an agreement and a commitment.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said this week that the decision to exclude Shooting from Birmingham 2022 had come down to a question of logistics.

The closest facility to Birmingham deemed capable by organisers of hosting a full Shooting programme is in Bisley, Surrey, about 209 km (130 miles) away.

The CEO of the CGF, David Grevemberg, said he would contact officials on the Indian side to try to convince them not to boycott.

India is a critical member of the Commonwealth, we want Indian athletes to participate, and there is a strong Indian community in Birmingham that wants to celebrate these athletes, Grevemberg said.

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