The Commonwealth Games Federation on Friday said India has a vital role to play at the Games and they will address the dropping of shooting from the 2022 edition when they visit the country in mid-November.
AThe reaction came in the wake of Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra’s “low standard” remark.
CGF Chief Executive David Grevemberg said: “Our visit to India in November is hugely important. Our focus is on providing great opportunities to Indian athletes. Our approach will be to respect, listen, learn and contribute. We look forward to meeting our colleagues and friends in India.
“We passionately believe that the modern Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Sport Movement is more relevant than ever before and that India has a vital role to play.
“Our shared vision must learn from but go beyond the shared colonial history of the Commonwealth and, through sport, create peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across our 71 diverse nations and territories.”
Batra had said that the level of competition at the CWG is not high and that India should consider a permanent boycott as it’s a waste of time taking part in these Games.
Grevemberg said the CGF’s desire for India to take part in the 2022 Birmingham Games.
“The (Birmingham) Games will have the largest-ever female and Para-sport programme in history and we want India to be part of this. It will be an amazing experience for all Indian athletes. With the significant Indian community across Birmingham and the West Midlands, there will be huge support for the country.”
The CGF CEO also said that the issue could be discussed during their visit, which is likely to happen on November 14.
“We hope we can take this opportunity to ensure India does have a leadership role in the Commonwealth. This is a chance to understand and support India’s ambitions in Commonwealth Sport and we are going to India in order to work in collaboration with our friends and partners,” said Grevemberg.
“We want to use sport, the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Sport to take big steps to address issues like the legacy of slavery, religious sectarianism, gender equality and the rights of indigenous people and other marginalised groups. We hope India will play a big role in supporting and contributing to this.
“The CGF has undergone a tremendous transformation and our strategic plan reflects that. It was refreshed in consultation with all our members, including India. We know the next Commonwealth Games at Birmingham 2022 has all the ingredients to be a great success.