Shooting could still feature at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Shooting could still feature at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Shooting could still feature as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, despite not being included in the city’s bid.

Back in January it was announced that the city was not planning to include shooting as one of its events.

Were the Games to go ahead without shooting, it would be the first time the event has not been included in a Commonwealth Games programme since 1970.

The Birmingham team cited a lack of appropriate facilities as the main reason for not opting for shooting, despite the fact that the 2002 Manchester Games held shooting at Bisley Shooting Ground in Surrey.

Shooting is historically one of Britain’s most successful events at the Games, with over 60,000 people so far signing a Shooting Times petition calling for it to be reconsidered for 2022.



Shooting is historically one of Britain’s most successful events at the Commonwealth Games, with over 60,000 people so far signing a Shooting Times petition calling for it to be reconsidered for Birmingham 2022.

And, speaking at a recent panel event on the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward revealed that shooting will be reconsidered by the local organising committee in the coming months.

“The local organising committee for the Games, one of the things they have to do over the coming months is review the sports programme,” he said.

“We’ve set out a criteria for that review of the sports programme. We’ve already decided in that review that we won’t take out anything that’s already in, so it’s about additionality.

“Shooting is one of the sports that we will have to consider, along with three others that we’re also going to be considering during that review.”

Other sports set to be considered by organisers for the Games include judo and women’s T20 cricket.



Speaking on the same panel as Cllr Ward, MP for Meriden Dame Caroline Spelman said that inclusivity needs to be one of the key concerns when considering what sports should make the Games.

“What’s important to know is that shooting wasn’t part of Birmingham’s original bid, because we don’t have a shooting facility in the West Midlands, it would have to be constructed,” she said.

“There are criteria when it comes to the additional sports, and inclusivity is one of them. So they need to be sports that are played by men and women.

“So other contenders for the additionality are the first sample of T20 women’s cricket, which is a very strong contender as obviously we have Edgbaston at our heart.

“Judo, which is played equally by men and women, is also a possibility. So it’s a difficult balancing act, and it’s not a decision that Commonwealth Games England have to make.

“But the local organising committee have to balance facilities and a short time scale with inclusivity, that’s a requirement of the additional sports.”

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