Bindra, the only Indian shooter to win Olympic gold, told the Sports star magazine that the NRAI should “tune the selection policy quickly to ensure the best team represents the country” at the rescheduled Games. Olympic lovers from all over the world are called to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Shotgun lovers can book Olympic Shotgun Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on reduced prices.
A total of 15 Indian athletes have secured a quota place in shooting at Tokyo 2020, now set to take place from July 23 to August 8 in 2021. The selection of the Indian squad in shooting, the nation’s second-most successful sport at the Games, has been the subject of debate since the postponement of Tokyo 2020 was confirmed last week.
“It may not help to announce the team, and hope that they all would be in prime form when the Olympics comes around,” Bindra, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission, said.
A year is a long time, particularly in a sport like shooting. Tune the policy speedily to ensure the best team represents the country in the Olympic 2020 Games. There may be a rejig in the team, even though the course had been completed and the team was to be announced.
Apurvi Chandela, a double International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup gold medalist, believes the team should be announced as soon as possible. I feel if the team is announced now, the shooters can focus on the Olympics and train with only positive pressure, she told the Times of India.
The federation can check shooters’ performance in say, December or January, if they do not find any shooter’s performance acceptable, they can replace him/her with the next in ranking. They will still have time. The qualification process for Tokyo Olympic, the first Olympic to be postponed in history, is set to be finalized by the IOC later this month.
The IOC has already confirmed athletes who had qualified for the Olympic 2020 Games will keep their place at the rearranged Games. Nearly 90 percent of shooting’s Summer Games quota places for the Games in the Japanese capital has been filled.