Indian shooting team to fight for 8 Olympic quota places in Mexico Shotgun WC

Two quota places each on offer in women’s Trap, men’s Trap, women’s Skeet and men’s Skeet disciplines.

A former world champion, Manavjit Singh Sandhu (in picture) will take part in the men's Trap event.   -  KAMESH SRINIVASAN

A 12-member Indian shooting contingent will vie for a total of eight Tokyo Olympics quota places when it open its campaign at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup to be held in Acapulco, Mexico from March 19 to 26.

There are two quota places each on offer in women’s Trap, men’s Trap, women’s Skeet and men’s Skeet disciplines. However, there are no quota places at the mixed Trap event.

A total of five events are scheduled at this year’s first Shotgun World Cup, beginning with the qualification rounds of the women’s Trap event.

The Indian contingent includes former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu in the men’s Trap and current finals world record holder in the men’s Skeet Angad Vir Singh Bajwa.

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India have won a total of three Tokyo Olympic quotas in shooting so far, among the top five quota winning countries in the world. However, all of them have been in the Rifle and Pistol disciplines.

Besides 12 competitors across five medal events, Zoravar Singh Sandhu will also compete in the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score) category in the men’s Trap.

A total of 351 athletes from 61 nations will be seen in action in the tournament.

Indian team

Men’s Trap: Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai, Prithiviraj Tondaiman

Women’s Trap: Shagun Chowdhary, Rajeshwari Kumari, Varsha Varman

Men’s Skeet: Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Sheeraz Sheikh, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa

Women’s Skeet: Rashmmi Rathore, Simranpreet Kaur, Maheshwari Chauhan

Mixed Trap: Kynan Chenai, Shagun Chowdhary, Prithviraj Tondaiman, Rajeshwari Kumari

Trap MQS: Zoravar Singh