India will host the Commonwealth shooting and archery championships in January 2022 and the medals from the two events will be counted in the final tally of the Birmingham Games, an unprecedented move approved by the CGF.

However, the medals will be added one week after the conclusion of the multi-disciplinary sporting event in Birmingham, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced on Monday.

The decision was made at the CGF’s Executive Board meeting here from February 21 to 23.

The two events will be held in Chandigarh in January 2022 while the Birmingham Commonwealth Games are scheduled from July 27 to August 7, 2022.

Rarely the sporting world has seen such an arrangement that the medals of championships held outside major Games are counted in the final tally (of the main event).

National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh, who mooted the idea of the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, admitted that CGF’s decision was a “unique and unprecedented development” as well as “truly a game changing methodology”.

India also received wholehearted support from International Shooting Sports Federation and World Archery, the global governing bodies of the two sports.
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