Shooting fiasco makes the Commonwealth Games look silly once again

The organisers of Birmingham 2022 dropped the sport from the schedule but have now reinstated it, 7,000km away in India

Jon Oliver, on his HBO show Last Week Tonight, runs an occasional series called How Is This Still A Thing? Over the years he has done daylight saving, Ayn Rand, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and, in a particularly choice segment from back in 2014, the Commonwealth Games, a sort of “off-Broadway Olympics” for all the countries the British invaded once upon a time, “the historic display of a once mighty nation gathering together the countries it lost and finding a way to lose to them once more”. Which is a cruel joke. England, after all, is only second in the all-time medal table, a mere 272 golds, silvers and bronzes behind Australia.

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