After the super successful XXI Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Indian shooters now have set their sights on the ISSF (Shooting) World cup that begins today in Munich, Germany.
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Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai will spearhead India’s challenge at the ISSF World Cup. This is the last major event for rifle and pistol shooters before the Asian Games and World Championships, which are slated later this year.
Preceding the tournament roster include the Grand Prix events in 50m rifle prone, where the likes of Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Chain Singh in men and Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant and Shreya Saxena in women will compete tomorrow.
On the first day of the tournament roster, Rajput, Swapnil Kusale and Akhil Sheoran will be in action in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position, while in the women’s 10m air rifle, Glasgow CWG gold medallist Apurvi Chandela, Gold Coast Games silver winner Mehuli Ghosh and Anjum Moudgil will carry India’s hopes.
The prestigious tournament, hosted in Munich is the city where the International Shooting Sport Federation is headquartered. The shooting world cup will also see other top Indian shooters such as Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Om Prakash Mitharwal, Shahzar Rizvi and veterans like Rahi Sarnobat and Annuraj Singh in action.
More than 817 shooters from 84 countries have confirmed participation, with India is fielding a 31-strong contingent, including nine in the Minimum Qualification Score (not competing for a medal but only registering international scores) section.
Three World Cup stages before this for rifle and pistol have been held in Guadalajara (Mexico), Changwon (South Korea) and Fort Benning (USA) earlier this year.
While India finished first in Guadalajara with nine medals, they finished 12th at Changwon with a solitary silver while choosing to abstain from the Fort Benning tournament.