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BIRMINGHAM: Shooting was once unnoticed of the 2022 Commonwealth Games programme on Thursday, dealing a big blow to India which gained as many as 16 medals, including seven gold, at the 2018 edition in Gold Coast.

The Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) met and authorized the inclusion of ladies's cricket, seashore volleyball and para desk tennis into the Games programme for the Birmingham edition.

The inclusion of those three sports activities will now need to be ratified by 51 % of the CGF individuals next month.

"Our recommendation of adding women's cricket, beach volleyball and Para table tennis is the result of a thorough review and we believe these sports would help us to enhance the existing programme and reach new audiences, while showcasing the sports to our local community, spectators and fans across the world, watching on TV," stated Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022.

"It's also a selection that could help ensure that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the most inclusive in history, with a potential for the largest ever para-sports programme and more female medallists than ever before, representing a great story not just for Birmingham 2022, but for women's sport in general," he added.

Last 12 months, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh, wanted the Indian govt to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games if capturing was once dropped from the programme.

The absence of capturing is more likely to make a big dent into India's medals tally in the 2022 edition. Indian shooters bagged 16 medals from the Gold Coast Games including seven gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze.

India has traditionally performed smartly in capturing which has been part of each and every Commonwealth Games since 1966, except for the 1970 edition in Edinburgh. Archery is another game that was once no longer cleared by the Executive Board.

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