Lausanne, Switzerland, December 2, 2020: The first Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships are scheduled to take place in Chandigarh, India in January 2022 - and have earned the praise of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
During her opening address at the recent online CGF General Assembly, CGF President Dame Louise Martin said the archery and shooting championships planned for 2022 set an “exciting precedent for the future”.
The Indian city of Chandigarh is set to host the pioneering event. It was proposed following a decision not to include either sport on the programme of the next Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in 2022.
“It is an innovative model that can promote and encourage the development and hosting of sport in other countries in the Commonwealth,” continued Dame Louise Martin, adding that the concept aligned to the federation’s priorities set out in its Transformation 2022 strategic plan.
Medals won in Chandigarh will be included in a final medal table combined with the results of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Archery has featured on the programme of two Commonwealth Games to date. The first was in Brisbane, Australia in 1982 and, most recently, the sport returned when the Indian capital of Delhi hosted the Games in 2010.
World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen called the championships “a fantastic development for archery and a great opportunity for elite athletes across the Commonwealth” when the event was announced earlier this year.
Source: World Archery