New Delhi: As shooting is set to be dropped from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has urged the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport of United Kingdom MP Matt Hancock for his immediate intervention to ensure that shooting remains part of the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games. The issue was raised when the visiting dignitary met Rathore here today. During their half an hour meeting both sides discussed Cooperation in Sports to further strengthen the relations in the area.

Rathore briefed the British minister about steps being taken for promotion of sports in the country and elaborated on Khelo India Scheme. He said the scheme has been envisaged to tap talent at a very young age and train it further in a time bound manner with proper financial support from the government. Rathore is a former professional shooter himself and a decorated Olympian who had won the silver for India in the double trap event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

He invited British players and their coaches to visit India and take advantage of seasonal variations in both the countries for uninterrupted sporting activities. He also urged to explore the possibility of a tie-up between sports development programme of both the countries. The British minister is in India to promote the upcoming cricket World Cup and 2022 Commonwealth Games.