The National Rifle Association of India –NRAI, (the governing body of shooting in India) announced the names of 15 shooters who will represent the country at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021. The announcement took place on Sunday.
The games are scheduled in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8.
21-years-old, world number one, Elavenil Valarivan has been included in the 15-member Indian shooting contingent. She has been selected above of Chinki Yadav. Yadav claimed gold in the Delhi World Cup last month.
The selection committee meeting held for about five hours on Sunday afternoon. The NRAI decided to swap the quota won by Chinki Yadav in the women’s 25-meter event.
NRAI stated- The quota belongs to the country and not the shooter who secures it.
Why Reserve Shooters?
Seeing the uncertainty caused by the Corona pandemic, NRAI has reserved two shooters in each category.
Both Chinki Yadav and Anjum Moudgil are kept as reserves in 25 m pistols and rifle 3 positions events respectively.
The ace shooter Manu Bhaker will represent in the women’s 25 m pistol event. She will be participating alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat. Manu will also be competing in the 10 m air pistol events with Yashaswini Singh Deswal.
The shooters have been selected on the basis of their performance in the NRAI’s Olympic qualifying cycle. The cycle began from the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, followed by World Championship, four World Cups, and Asian Championships in 2019. In the final stage, it was selection trials organized by NRAI– stage 1 and stage 2 earlier this year.
As per the policy of NRAI- an average of 5 best scores in the International Championship, starting with the Jakarta Asiad, was taken into consideration before selecting the final team.
Anjum Moudgil, who was the 1st Indian shooter along with Apurvi Chandela to earn quota for the Tokyo Games at the 2018 World Championships, will be competing in the women’s rifle 3 positions event. She will be participating along with the experienced Tejaswini Sawant.
Chandela and Elavenil will participate in the women’s 10 m air rifle event.
The Indian shooting team for Tokyo 2021
— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) April 4, 2021
10m air rifle: Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar. Reserves:
Sandeep Singh, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar.
50m rifle 3-position: Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar. Reserves: Swapnil Kusale, Chain Singh.
10m air pistol: Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma. Reserves: Shahzar Rizvi, Om Prakash Mitharval.
Skeet: Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan. Reserves: Gurjoat Singh Khangura, Sheeraz Sheikh.
10m air rifle: Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan. Reserves: Anjum Moudgil, Shreya Agrawal.
50m rifle 3-position: Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant. Reserves: Sunidhi
Chauhan, Gaayathri Nithyanandam.
10m air pistol: Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Reserves: P Shri
Nivetha, Shweta Singh.
25m sports pistol: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker. Reserves: Chinki Yadav, Abhidnya Patil.
10m air rifle: Divyansh Singh Panwar, Elavenil Valarivan; Deepak Kumar, Anjum Moudgil.
10m air pistol: Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker; Abhishek Verma, Yashaswini Singh Deswal
All the very best! to the entire shooting team of India.
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