Green light to IOA for hosting Commonwealth shooting
The government on 4 January 2020 approved "in principle" the Indian Olympic Association's proposal to host the Commonwealth shooting championships and archery events -- which are not part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games roster -- in March 2022. Earlier this week, the IOA had withdrawn its threat to boycott the Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting's omission and decided to submit a formal proposal to host a shooting championships, where the medals won will be counted in the tally of the 2022 edition.
- I am directed to refer to Indian Olympic Association's letter dated 1st January, 2020, regarding the holding of Commonwealth shooting and archery events in India in March 2022 and to convey the 'in-principle approval' of the government, the ministry said in a letter.
- On 3 January 2020, IOA had written a letter to Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louis Martin, outlining the cost of hosting shooting and archery events.
- Whilst the costs outlined and enclosed in the shooting programs have been graciously accepted to be met largely by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), archery programme will likely be funded solely by the Government of India, IOA wrote in the letter.
- The IOA president Narinder Batra categorically told the CGF that they have conveyed to the government "that medals awarded in these events should be legitimately recognised in the final total medal tally for the XXII Commonwealth Games in addition to those won by the competing nations at the Birmingham 2022.
- The IOA also asked CGF to "consider the cost and operational complexity of the proposals."
- The NRAI has informed me that this decision would be necessary to recommend whether the events could be hosted in Chandigarh or New Delhi.
- The IOA also proposed that the two events are run "adjunct to and some months prior to the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham during 2022.
- It is proposed that the opening ceremony would coincide with Commonwealth Day on the 14th of March 2022.
- The IOA also informed CGF its decision to "bid for hosting of 2026 or 2030 Commonwealth Games in India."
- India had hosted the 2010 edition in the national capital, the build-up to which was marred by one controversy after another.
- India first participated in the Olympics in 1900 in Paris. The country was represented by Norman Pritchard, an Anglo Indian who was holidaying in Paris during that time.
- The seeds for creation of an organisation for coordinating the Olympic movement in India was related to India’s participation in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, when Sir Dorabji Tata suggested the need for a Sports body at National level for promoting Olympic Sport in united India.
- After the 1920 Games, the Committee sending the team to these Games met, and, on the advice of Sir Dorabji Tata, invited Dr. A.G. Noehren (Physical Education Director of YMCA India) to also join them.
- Subsequently, in 1923-24, a provisional All India Olympic Committee was set-up, which organised the All India Olympic Games (that later became the National Games of India) in February 1924.
- Eight athletes from these Games were selected to represent India at the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, accompanied by manager Harry Crowe Buck.
- This gave impetus to the development and institutionalization of sports in India, and, in 1927, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was formed, with Sir Dorabji Tata as its founding President and Dr. A.G. Noehren as Secretary.
- In the following months Harry Buck and Dr. Noehren travelled across India and helped many States establish their Olympic Associations, as member units of the IOA.
- The same year as it was formed, 1927, the Indian Olympic Association was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee.