The Government has intervened in a bid to avert a threatened boycott by India of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham over the absence of shooting from the sports programme.
The Games was declared 'historic' at Edgbaston on Tuesday when confirmation that women's Twenty20 cricket will be among the events means there will actually be more medals available to women than men; 135 to 133.
But the possible absence of India has prompted the government to act amid concerns that the Indian Olympic Association, which has a strong record in shooting, is so angry that the sport will not be included for the first time in more than half a century they will carry out their threat.
The Government has intervened to avoid a boycott by India of the Commonwealth Games
New sports minister Nigel Adams has suggested a compromise where a Commonwealth shooting competition is held close to the Games while remaining separate from the actual programme. He said pistol and clay pigeon shooting could be staged in Birmingham with rifle events at the Bisley facility near London.
Adams said: 'I totally understand how passionate people are about shooting across the Commonwealth. We want India to be here, no question.
'I have already written to the Commonwealth Federation to see if we can accommodate shooting in some form, maybe a Commonwealth shooting championships... It's important that we do get a competition in 2022.'