Chandigarh, Aug. 4 -- Shooting's exclusion from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) will undoubtedly hamper India's overall ranking at the games-the chief reason why the Indian Olympic Association is threatening to boycott Birmingham 2022-but will it make any difference in India's preparations for the 2024 Olympics?

In the last three editions of the CWG, shooting has contributed the lion's share in India's overall tally of medals. In Delhi 2010, Indian shooters clinched 30 of the total 101 medals won. Four years later in Glasgow, Indian shooting's contribution was of 17 medals in the overall tally of 64 while last year in Gold Coast, the discipline earned India 16 out of 66 medals.

However, when it comes to the Olympics, the same shooters fail t...