Pistol shooter, Heena Sindhu commented on Monday that shooting may vanish if it is excluded from global event. Her comment is significant on the occasion of Indian Olympic Committee’s proposal to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping the sport from its rooster.
The IOA on Saturday proposed boycotting the Games while seeking the government’s approval through a letter to Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju.
Heena Sindhu thanked the committee for their strict stance on the issue. She said, “I am no one to judge what is happening at the other level but if we actually boycott the Commonwealth Games, then it is quite unfair for other sports. If I was the one who was not a shooter, I would feel bad and dejected. Why make other people suffer for shooting’s loss.”
The former world cup final gold medalist called for shooting, which remains an optional sport in the Commonwealth Games, to be given permanent status in the multi-sport event.
She told PTI, “What I do believe we should work hard to get shooting back into the Commonwealth Games and get together behind it. That can only come through negotiations and talks but I am sure IOA is having these talks since a long time.
“I can’t really say if I support the move or not since boycott is a wrong word, but I do totally appreciate IOA’s stand of backing us strongly.”
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