World Archery lends support to Commonwealth Games India proposal for events alongside Birmingham 2022

World Archery has sent a letter in support of Commonwealth Games India’s proposal to hold remote shooting and archery events in India alongside the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Archery was not chosen for inclusion when the optional sports programme was announced in June 2019.

India’s proposal would see a joint archery and shooting championships held in March 2022 and the medals won be counted towards the final medal table for the Games.

Archery has featured in two Commonwealth Games to date, in Brisbane, Australia in 1982 and in Delhi, India in 2010.

Athletes from Commonwealth countries Australia, Bangladesh, Great Britain, India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa medalled at major archery events in 2019.

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “We appreciate the Commonwealth Games Federation’s open-mindedness in assessing this new proposal from Commonwealth Games India.”

“World Archery is proud of its Commonwealth athletes and recognises the Games as an important opportunity to give them the world-class competition that they deserve, as well as a vehicle to inspire grass-roots interest in the sport.”

“We will happily work with the Commonwealth Games Federation and its stakeholders to make an archery competition a viable and valuable option for 2022 and beyond.”