National Selection Trials: A warmup for November's Asian Championship in Doha

It will be another crucial test for the shooters when the sixth and seventh national selection trials are conducted at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, from Friday, starting with men’s air rifle.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: The trials, followed by the national training camps for the shooters in Delhi and Bhopal, will also give chance for them to stake claim into the national squad.

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: The trials, followed by the national training camps for the shooters in Delhi and Bhopal, will also give chance for them to stake claim into the national squad.   -  Getty Images

The strength of Indian shooting is in its strong domestic system. It may be hard on the rifle and pistol shooters, who have helped India top the medals table in all the four World Cups this season in Delhi, Beijing, Munich and Rifle, to be constantly kept under scrutiny, but the system has invariably delivered.

It will be another crucial test for the shooters when the sixth and seventh national selection trials are conducted at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, from Friday, starting with men’s air rifle.

While the trials, followed by the national training camps for the shooters in Delhi and Bhopal, may keep them sharp for the Asian championship in Doha in November, which offers the last set of Olympic quota places for Tokyo 2020, it will also give chance for the rest to
stake claim into the national squad.

The best of shooters can retain their place in the national team only with constant good scores, and that has driven Indian shooting to greater heights this season, past the formidable Chinese.

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To add to the interesting scenario, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has also announced that there would be a revised selection policy for next year. It would mean that the sixth and seventh trials scores will form the basis for national selection, as against the regular practice of the National championship scores being considered.

To this effect, the NRAI had even stretched the closing date of entries till the end of August, to ensure everyone eligible gets into the fold and stays in the race for national selection.

The men’s air rifle, will be followed by women’s air rifle, rapid fire pistol and the men’s rifle 3-position events.

Women’s sports pistol, men’s air pistol and women’s rifle 3-position events follow, before the conclusion with women’s air pistol on September 17.

It will be to the advantage of the shooters that they shoot the two trials back-to-back.