NRAI: No one below 12 to compete in National Championship

In order to discourage small kids from handling the dangerous weapons, the NRAI has brought the age stipulation, equally for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

(Representative Image) The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has stressed that anyone below 12 years of age would not be allowed to compete in the 62nd National shooting championships.   -  K.K. Mustafah

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has stressed that anyone below 12 years of age would not be allowed to compete in the 62nd National shooting championships to be staged in Thiruvananthapuram and Jaipur.

With the glittering example of 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary winning the Asian Games gold apart from the Youth Olympics gold, not to forget the overwhelming performance of Manu Bhaker in the World Cups, Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics, it was clear that the youth were getting trained early and making a huge impact.

However, in order to discourage small kids from handling the dangerous weapons, the NRAI has brought the age stipulation, equally for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

It may be noted that the 15-year-old Shardul Vihan who won the Asian Games silver in double trap, had competed in the World Championship in 2012 in Lonato when he was 12 years of age. He had placed 11th among the juniors then.

The National championship for rifle and pistol will be held in Vattiyoorkkavu, Thiruvananthapuram, from November 15 to December 7.

The 62nd National shotgun championship will be staged in Jaipur from November 16 to December 3.

The mixed team events in air rifle, air pistol and trap, will be restricted to only one team per State unit, with an entry fee of Rs.6,000 per team for shotgun, and Rs.1500 for the other two events.