Fifteen Olympic hopes, along with other leading shooters, will appear in action after a gap of about 11 months as the selection trial kick starts January 5, here by Dr. The national team will be selected for the shooting calendar in 2021 at the Karni Singh Shooting Range.
The test said that the head coach of pistol shooting team Samaresh Jung will give a clear picture of the situation of the country’s premier shooter. “ There has been no competition because the calendar was interrupted by an epidemic. So it would be a good platform to do an honest assessment of athletes, ” he said.
On January 6, the 10-meter air pistol Saurabh Chaudhary will feature Asian Games champion and top rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar showcasing his skills in a 10-day trial in rifle and pistol. Both have earned Olympic quota places in their respective events. While the shotgun trials starting on January 5 will be in both men and women in traps and skits.
The national team is expected to compete in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) calendar for 2021, beginning with the World Cup in shotgun from 22 February in Cairo, Egypt.
While the combined World Cup in all three disciplines- Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun from 18 March in New Delhi, Dr. Karni Singh will be held at the shooting range. Changwon in Korea will host the second joint World Cup from 16 April and the National Test event in Tokyo will begin on 25 April.
Although a handful of tests will signal a return to normal shooting activities, the impact of the epidemic will be felt, as the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has limited each area to a few areas during the January trials . Under normal circumstances, more than 200 shooters participated in the 10 meter air weapons event — rifle and pistol. However, the top 27 are eligible in the 10m air pistol for trial in January, while the top 31 in the 10m air rifle will be allowed to compete. The field is limited to the top 16 in the men’s 25m rapid pistol event, while the top 20 ranked shooters can compete in the 50m rifle three position. Other rifle / pistol has an upper limit of 30.
However, the number of shooters in the men’s net is 49. “ This is because some juniors with good scores have been included in previous tests conducted earlier this year before the nationwide lockout in March, ” an NRAI official explained.
Upcoming international trap shooter Vivaan Kapoor and Lakshya Sheoran will test their subtle performances against veteran shooters like Manavjit Singh Sandhu to make it to the national team.
In addition to restricting fields, it is mandatory to have a Kovid 19 test negative report at least 48 hours before the start of the event, with some protocols set by the NRAI to compete in the event. There will be no audience and only one person will be allowed to accompany the contestant. According to the circular of the NRAI, the details of the coach or parents should be sent to the administrator of the shooting range before 28 December. “ Otherwise entry will be restricted, ” the NRAI circular stated.
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