Asian Olympic qualyfying to be staged Karni Singh Range

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) stated in a release on Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had approved its recommendation to select New Delhi for the competition.

Gurpreet Singh at the 8th Asian Airgun Shooting Championship.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Asia Olympic qualifying competition for shooting, to decide 35 Olympic quota places for the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, here from January 25 to February 3.

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) stated in a release on Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had approved its recommendation to select New Delhi for the competition.

The Asian championship held in Kuwait recently was originally scheduled to offer the Olympic quota places, but the IOC had revoked the Olympic qualification status of the championship following government interference in the Kuwait Olympic Committee.

Free stay

In an attempt to safeguard the interest of the shooters and the various national federations, in terms of incurring additional expenditure for a fresh competition, it has been decided that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) would offer free stay, meals and local transport for the shooters and to a minimum number of officials. Also, there will be no entry fee for the events, as against the general practice of $200 per event per shooter.

Each country will be allowed three entries per event and two additional entries in the MQS section. There will also be provision for an official each for rifle/pistol and shotgun per country. The member federations are expected to foot the expenses for additional officials, apart from air passage for all its participants.

“The ISSF Executive Committee selected the proposal of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) because it was the only proposal to organise all Olympic events in one competition at one place in New Delhi,” said the ISSF.

After the ISSF had sought proposals from member nations, there were five proposals in all, and three of them were complete.

Details about the competition schedule and all other information will be made by the NRAI in due course of time and published by the ISSF in its website in the first week of December.