ISSF World Cup Shotgun 2019 Preview
After a disappointing end at the Al Ain, UAE, the Indian shotgun shooters will be raring to get the first qualification points in the race for the Tokyo Olympic berths at the ISSF World Cup starting in Changwon, Korea, on Tuesday.
India have had encouraging results in pistol and rifle, where 5 shooters Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Anjum Moudgil, and Divyansh Singh Panwar all having secured the Olympic quota. As a result, the hopes will be pinned to the experts to further boost the country’s shooting presence at next year’s Olympics.
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As for the 2016 Rio Olympics, it was Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, and Mairaj Ahmad Khan who had made it to the final team. Skeet shooter Mairaj was the pick of the lot with a stunning performance in Rio where he shot 121 out of 125 before unfortunately missing out of the final in the shoot-off. However, it is important to note that one of the rifle quota place was traded for a shotgun quota back then.
Two shooters – Prithviraj Tondaiman and Kynan Chenai – have also shown real promises in the last two World Cups at Acapulco and Al Ain by shooting close to their best and missing the finals narrowly. Much will be expected from them as well.
ISSF World Cup Shotgun Schedule
The skeet shooters will be the ones to open the campaign in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon. The women’s final has been scheduled for May 10. In the run in to the event, there will be an unofficial training on Tuesday before the pre-event training takes place on Wednesday (May 8). The qualification round for the women will start on Thursday (May 9).
The men’s qualification will commence from Friday (May 10) with the the final held on Saturday (May 11).
As for the women trap shooting, the pre-event training will be held on May 13, before the competition that is scheduled from May 14 to May 15.
A disappointing news for the Indian team will be the absence of the defending Asian champion and National champion Angad Vir Singh Bajwa. Bajwa suffered a severe stomach ailment, leaving him unfit for the Shotgun World Cup. Making the matter worse, no replacement could be found. Even though Smit Singh was in the running he couldn’t come on board owing to the lack of processing time to procure a new gun permit.
Elsewhere, in the men’s trap team, the Indian team will be without the seasoned shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu. The four-time Olympian and former World Champion has yet to recover completely from ill-health. He was absent from the last World Cup as well. Zoravar Singh Sandhu will take his place once again.