The 2022 Commonwealth Games, which were to be hosted by Chandigarh, were unfortunately cancelled due to the “uncertainty” posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Commonwealth Games Federation announced the cancellation of the international event on Friday.
The Shooting and Archery Commonwealth Games were all set to be hosted in Chandigarh in 2022, after the exclusion of shooting and archery from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Cancellation of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Unfortunate News for Chandigarh which had Already Begun Preparations
The decision to cancel the games was taken by Commonwealth Games India (CGI) Executive Board with the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
“We are disappointed that the 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships will no longer take place however, this is the right decision to take in the current climate. Despite this news, there are numerous key learnings that will benefit our ongoing work as we look to innovate and create new Commonwealth Sport Properties,” said CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE on the CGF website.
He said that Chandigarh has now been identified with exciting new possibilities to cohost in the future, and that the CGF welcomes India to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
“It’s a big loss for Chandigarh as the city was set to host a competition of the level of CWG. Under the UT Administrator’s vision, we had started the process of renovation of the infrastructure here. The civil and electrical work at the range has been completed. We were in process of purchasing modern equipment. We will have a talk with the Administrator in this regard and I am sure that he will give approval for the pending process and other works despite the latest development,” said KK Yadav, principal secretary, sports, UT Administration to the Indian Express.