India Should Withdraw From Commonwealth Games Completely: IOA President Narinder Batra
IOA president Narinder Batra feels the level of competition in Commonwealth Games is 'not sufficient', barring 'two or three sports'.
IOA president Narinder Batra.
New Delhi: India should withdraw from the Commonwealth Games due to the "low level of competition" in the tournament, the president of the country's Olympic body told AFP on Wednesday.
Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra's comments come after the South Asian nation threatened to boycott the next edition of the multi-sport event in Birmingham in 2022 over shooting being scrapped from the programme.
"I don't use the word boycott in sports. What I am trying to say is that India as a country, in sports, should withdraw out of Commonwealth totally," Batra told AFP.
He said regardless of whether shooting is included in the final programme, India should end its association with the competition played among mostly former British colonies.
"I feel there is not sufficient level of competition, leaving aside two or three sports. It doesn't leave anyone anywhere with this low level of competition," Batra added.
"India should be participating in world events and world championships, which earn Olympic ranking points."
India topped the table for shooting at last year's edition in Australia, taking home 16 medals including seven gold for a total tally of 66 medals -- the third-best performing nation in the Games.
In contrast, the nation of 1.3 billion people came back with two just medals, including one silver and one bronze, from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Batra said he was open to talks with Commonwealth Games officials on including shooting.
Batra reiterated India's interest in bidding for the 2032 Olympics and 2026 Youth Olympics.
"We are serious about the 2032 Olympics and 2026 Youth Olympics but then you have to follow a process," said Batra. "And to get these events into India you need to win in the Olympics."
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