Indian shooters look to fill Oly Quota gaps
A notable selection was the fielding of seasoned Rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput in the MQS section of the Men’s 10M Air Rifle event.
PUNE: The 14th Asian Shooting Championships scheduled to begin in Doha from November 3 will see final assault from Indian shooters to fill the gaps in their quest for Tokyo quota places, a substantial 38 of which will be available in the competition.
With this objective in view, the selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), which met in New Delhi, announced a 41-member team across the 15 Olympic events, including six entries only for the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section.
A notable selection was the fielding of seasoned Rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput in the MQS section of the Men’s 10M Air Rifle event. This was surely done to ensure that in a situation that the second quota in the event is not earned--Divyansh Panwar has earned one quota for India in the 10M Air out of a maximum possible two till now—Sanjeev can be kept warm for the event for Tokyo.
India have so far won nine Tokyo 2020 berths across Rifle and Pistol disciplines and would be looking to open their account in the Shotgun discipline in Doha.
So far besides Divyansh, the other quota winners for India are Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela who have maxed the quota berths in the Women’s 10M Air Rifle. So have Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma in the Men’s 10M Air Pistol and Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker in the Women’s 25M Pistol. Yashaswini Singh Deswal in the Women’s 10M Air Pistol and Sanjeev Rajput in the Men’s 50M Rifle 3 Positions complete the list.
Also, in the Men’s 25M Rapid Fire Pistol, where there are four quotas to be won in Doha, Bhavesh Shekhawat will partner the likes of Anish and Adarsh Singh. Neeraj Kaur in the Women’s 25M Pistol will also be seen for the first time in an international Olympic event.