The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has declared Tokyo Olympic selection trials in rifle, pistol, and shotgun for those shooters who do not have the required number of scores to rate them as per the selection policy.
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The trials will be held at the Dr. Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad. Tejaswini Sawant and Yashaswini Singh Deswal are the only two shooters who have won an Olympic 2020 quota but will motionless be subject to these trials, which are mostly meant for shooters on the periphery.
Former world champion Tejaswini who won the Tokyo Olympic quota in rifle 3-positions event will need to shoot one trial. As per the policy, the Olympic 2020 quota winners would automatically get selected for the World Cup to be staged in Delhi in March.
In the case of Yashaswini, whose name figured in the list, it has been declared that it would suffice if she shoots the World Cup in Delhi, to render the required number of scores that will be taken into consideration for Tokyo Olympic selection.
In an event like men’s air pistol, in which Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won two gold medals each in the World Cups last year, there will be trials for Arjun Singh Cheema Shahzar Rizvi and Ravinder Singh. Even in men’s rapid-fire pistol event, in which India has not won a Tokyo Olympic quota, there will be trials for Gurpreet Singh, Arpit Goel, and Bhavesh Shekhawat.
The same is the case in men’s trap in which Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Lakshay Sheoran, Zoravar Singh Sandhu and Vivaan Kapoor have been named for trials. For the first time in 20 years, the Indian trap squad has not won an Olympic quota. There will be trials for women’s trap and skeet as well, even still there is no quota accessible as yet.
Since the National federation has the option of swapping some of the Tokyo Olympic quota places, it has maybe tried to keep all its selections open by getting everyone ready for the Olympic 2020 race. Except for rare instances, the Summer Games quota winners have all been pretty strong in holding on to their supremacy with good performances in their events so far.