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It is understood he was forced to resign after he went against the views of the board and members by stating to the London 2012 organising committee that British Shooting now agreed Bisley was not a suitable venue to hold the Olympic shooting events.

British Shooting continues to campaign for a venue that provides a legacy for shooting and is opposed to the shooting competitions being held at the temporary venue at Woolwich.

Former sports minister, Kate Hoey MP, who advises London mayor Boris Johnson on the Olympics, announced her resignation as chairman of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association in protest at Mr Boakes’s forced departure, saying it was “short-sighted and wrong”.

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