Initially, individual shooting events at the Olympics attract more women
Due to the double start, the number of entries in the women’s individual events exceeds for the first time the expected number of participants in the men’s individual events – 239 and 208 respectively.
Overall, India’s 15-member Olympics-bound shooting team is among 356 athletes from 100 countries competing for glory in Tokyo, the women’s 10m air rifle and air pistol events. tablet 10 m attracting a maximum of participants.
The Olympics are scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8, with shooting starting a day after the opening ceremony and covering the first 10 days of the extravagance, which will take place without spectators due to COVID- . 19 pandemic.
“356 athletes representing 100 NOCs (National Olympic Committees) from five continents are registered to participate in sport shooting competitions at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” the International Shooting Federation (ISSF) said in a statement.
The highest number of participants is expected in the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 10m air rifle events – 53 and 49 respectively.
In the men’s events, the greatest number of participants will be in the 10m air rifle and 50m 3 rifle positions – 47 and 39 respectively.
The 13 Indian rifle and pistol shooters are currently training in Zagreb, Croatia, while the two men’s skeet shooters are working on their game at their respective bases in Italy. All will leave for Tokyo in July from Croatia and Italy respectively.
To deal with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) had appointed two reserves in each discipline where its shooters won quota places for the Games.
Indian shooters were selected based on their performance in the NRAI Olympic qualifying cycle, starting with the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, followed by the World Championships (both in 2018), the four World Cups and Asian Championships in 2019 and Selection Trials. stage 1 and 2 earlier this year.
The Indian team consists of seven women and eight men.
India’s shooting contingent, including some of the country’s top Tokyo Games medal hopefuls, left for Zagreb on a charter flight on May 11 for the last leg of their Olympic preparations.
Indian shooters moved their base to Zagreb as it was considered safer for them to train there at a time when the country was teetering under a devastating second wave of the pandemic.
During their stay in Croatia, the Indian shooters participated in the European Championships in Osijek, from May 29 to June 6, before participating in the last World Cup before the Olympics, from June 22 to July 3, at the same place. . PTI AH AH KHS KHS
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