A 41-member strong Indian shooting squad was announced by the selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the 14th Asian Championship, which begins in Doha on November 3. Thirty-eight Olympic quota places will be up for grabs in the continental tournament.
A 41-member strong Indian shooting squad will look to secure the 38 possible Olympic quotas which are up for grabs at the 14th Asian Shooting Championship, which begins in Doha on November 3.
The selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), which met in the capital on Wednesday, announced the team consisting of shooters 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 Arjuna awardee Sanjeev Rajput in the MQS section of the men's 10m Air Rifle event.
This was done to ensure that if in a situation the second quota in the event is not earned, Sanjeev can be kept for the event for Tokyo. Divyansh Panwar, a silver medallist at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2019, has earned one quota for India in the 10m Air rifle out of a maximum possible two till now.
There are also some new faces who will be seen for the first time in senior India colours in the Olympic events. Among them, Shravan Kumar (in men's 10m Air Pistol) will join the duo of Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary. 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 Bhanwala and Adarsh Singh.
Neeraj Kaur, in women's 25m Pistol, will also be seen for the first time for India in an international event. The teams across junior and youth categories as well as non-Olympic categories were also announced.
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