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India to bid for Commonwealth Games, withdraw boycott threat

Sanjeev Rajput of India competes during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The Indian Olympic Association has said the country will bid to host either the 2026 or 2030 Commonwealth Games, and will also withdraw its threat to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

India had threatened to withdraw from the 2022 Games over the decision by organisers to exclude shooting from the competition list – a sport in which India has traditionally enjoyed success.

After the IOA’s annual general meeting in Delhi on Monday, December 30, secretary general Rajiv Mehta said: “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.”

The IOA also approved a proposal by the National Rifle Association of India to host and pay for a separate Commonwealth shooting championship before the Birmingham games, to make up for the sport’s exclusion from the event. The IOA will put a proposal for the new championship to the Commonwealth Games Federation.