IOA chief discusses Birmingham CWG boycott with Sports Minister

IOA reiterates CWG boycott threat

The Indian Olympic Association president, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra has again discussed the possibility of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games boycott with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Batra along with Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh had met the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Capital on Friday. “We discussed on the Commonwealth Games 2022 Participation/Boycott issue,” says Batra.

“The minister heard us patiently and asked us to meet with the Commonwealth Games Federation president (Dame Louise Martin), who has offered to come to India to meet with the Indian Olympic Association. We will then have another meeting with the Minister and appraise him of the outcome of the meeting with the CWG President.”

Earlier, in July Batra in a letter had apprised Rijiju of IOA’s proposed plans to boycott the Commonwealth Games over exclusion of shooting sport form the Birmingham 2022.

The IOA had also registered its protest by withdrawing the nomination of its secretary Rajiv Mehta from the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) General Assembly, to be held in Rwanda in September.