Record entries for national rifle and pistol championships

The 63rd National shooting championship for rifle and pistol will be held at the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy in Goregaon, Bhopal, from December 7.

The non-Olympic events like rifle prone for men and women, apart from free pistol, will be held from December 12 to 29. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

The 63rd National shooting championship for rifle and pistol is scheduled to be held at the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy in Goregaon, Bhopal, from December 7 and will continue till January 4, 2020.

With the overall entries scheduled to break all record and touch around 10,000, and with limited firing points, some of the events are slated to run from six to nine days.

The men’s air rifle final is set for December 13, after the event starts with the official training on December 7. It will be followed by mixed air rifle on December 14. The men’s rifle 3-position final will be on December 18, the same as 25m sports pistol for women.

The women’s air rifle final will be on December 19. The men’s and women’s finals in air events will also be followed by the finals in the junior and youth sections on the same day.

The women’s air pistol final will be on December 24, along with the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. On Christmas, the mixed air pistol final will be staged as also the women’s rifle 3-position final.

The non-Olympic events like rifle prone for men and women, apart from free pistol, will be held from December 12 to 29.

The men’s air pistol is expected to beat all records as it is set to run for nine days from December 27 for the qualification process, and the final will be held on January 4.

The standard pistol and centre fire pistol events, which are also non-Olympic, will be held from December 28 to January 1.

Considering the examination for students, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has announced that it would adjust the qualification dates for shooters, provided they apply for the same with their examination schedule and admit card, latest by December 5.

The shooters would also be allowed to exchange their positions with same State shooters in different batches of the same event if they are able to justify their request with supporting documents by December 5.