Hosting the World Cup is not only prestigious for the country involved but also a good opportunity for it to showcase its talent.
After the Olympics in Rio, some of the best Indian shooters could not make the team but most of them will compete in the MQS section, in the upcoming World Cup scheduled to begin on Friday. It would only mean that they would not be eligible to shoot the final or in other words, fight for a medal.
Former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu in trap, World Cup final medallist Apurvi Chandela in women’s air rifle, World Cup silver medallist Lajja Gauswami in women’s rifle 3-position, Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar in rapid-fire pistol, World Cup medallist Prakash Nanjappa in men’s air pistol and free pistol, World University Championship gold medallist Akhil Sheoran in men’s air rifle and 3-position, Olympian Annu Raj Singh in sports pistol, Gaayathri Nithyanandam in women’s rifle 3-position, Shreyasi Singh in women’s trap and Prithviraj Tondaiman in men’s trap will be seen in action in the MQS section.
With 26 entries in the MQS section, the strength of the Indian team will be 63, as was released by the ISSF. There will be 452 shooters in all, with 584 starts, from 50 countries competing in the World Cup from February 24 to March 3, which will also feature the mixed doubles events, which is being suggested to be introduced in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.