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India will try to make up for the lack of wrestling by shooting

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CWF) and Commonwealth Games Australia on 5 October announced the games to be included in the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The Games will comprise 26 events spanning a total of 20 sports, including 9 para-sports. Wrestling has not found a place in these games.

This is the first time since 2010 that wrestling has not found a place in the CWG Games. Overall, this is only the fourth time in the 92-year history of the Commonwealth Games, which began in 1930, that wrestling has been out of the Commonwealth Games.

Wrestling was not included in the Commonwealth Games only three times – 1990 Auckland, 1998 Kuala Lumpur, and 2006 Melbourne.

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India will try to make up for the lack of wrestling by shooting

The return of shooting to the CWG is relief news for India, as shooting has been the highest medal-winning sport in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

India has so far won a total of 135 medals including 63 gold, 44 silver, and 28 bronze in shooting at the Commonwealth Games.

In the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Indian shooters won a total of 16 medals including 7 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze. Of the 66 medals India won in that CWG, 25% came from shooting.

India has participated in 18 Commonwealth Games out of 22 held so far

  • India participated in these games for the first time in 1934 from London CWG.
  • India has been a part of all CWGs except four times (1930, 1950, 1962, 1986).
  • India hosted the CWG only once in 2010, it was in Delhi.
  • India is at number four for most medals in CWG with 564 medals.
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