Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju has sent strong signals to the Indian Olympic Association to refrain from unilaterally deciding to boycott the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Reacting to the IOA secretary-general’s comments that a boycott of the 2022 CWG cannot be ruled out over shooting being excluded from the Games, the Sports Minister has stated that the IOA cannot take a unilateral decision about pulling out of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Rijiju on the issue of hosting major international events like the 2032 Olympics or the 2030 Asian Games said, the country should be well-prepared rather than “creating an embarrassing situation”.
The Minister though asserted that India would take pride in hosting the 2032 Olympic Games. The government is “positive” about the ambition to bring major international events to India, he said and added that his Ministry would have a discussion about this with the IOA.
Also Read: Sports minister Rijiju praises Yuvraj
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is in the process of bidding for three major international events the 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games, and 2032 Olympics. In April last year, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in Mumbai, pitching the city’s candidature for the Youth Games and Olympics. On Tuesday, IOA president Narinder Batra and India’s IOC member Nita Ambani submitted a bid to host the 2023 IOC Session in Mumbai.
Rijiju said his ministry will discuss the issue in details with the shooting federation (NRAI) and IOA before taking a decision.
Last year, the IOA submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.
On the issue of shooting being ignored from the CWG 2022 disciplines roster, Rijiju said his ministry will discuss the issue in details with the shooting federation (NRAI) and IOA before taking a decision. “I haven’t discussed with the shooting federation. Officially I don’t know about their position. If you have to boycott, you have to ask the government because these decisions are not to be taken unilaterally, it has to be done through proper consultation,” he added.
“It is a matter of future of our athletes and national prestige, everything is involved. Our IOA must have taken a stand and we will discuss with them.”
Also Read: Bhutia meets sports minister, talks football