Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 6
The shooting and archery competitions of the 2026 Commonwealth Games could be hosted in New Delhi. This possibility arose after 2026 Hamilton bid chairman Lou Frapporti raised doubts about the inclusion of shooting in CWG 2026.
It is understood that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh has informally spoken to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) top brass, including its CEO David Grevemberg, in order to devise a plan to organise shooting and archery events as part of CWG 2026.
CGF said that the 2026 sports programme is still to be ratified. “The proposal from the Hamilton Volunteer Group to host the Commonwealth Games remains at an early stage… A draft Sports Programme from the Group is still a work in progress,” the CGF said in its statement to The Tribune, adding: “Beyond this, a final Commonwealth Games Sports Programme requires ratification through the CGF governance procedures, including approval from the Sports Committee and Executive Board.”
In initial talks, New Delhi has been touted as the city to co-host both archery and shooting competitions. When pressed on the matter, NRAI president Singh chose not to comment on the proposal.
If all goes to plan, a formal proposal regarding co-hosting shooting and archery would be sent from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to CGF.
If the co-hosting arrangements are agreed to by all parties, the medals won in these competitions will be added to the main tally of the 2026 Games. A similar arrangement was devised by IOA and CGF for the 2022 Birmingham CWG, for which Commonwealth shooting and archery competitions will be held in Chandigarh.
However, the medals won in the Chandigarh competitions will not be added to the main tally as there will be two separate medal tallies — one for the Chandigarh competitions and one for the Birmingham CWG. A week after the completion of the Birmingham CWG, there will be a third aggregate table, for Commonwealth Sport for 2022.