The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Sunday announced a 15-member shooting contingent for Tokyo Olympics. To deal with the uncertainty of Covid-19, the national body also named two reserves in each discipline where shooters have won the quota places for the Games.
In a major talking point, the NRAI named World No. 1 Elavvenil Valarivan for the women's 10m air pistol event. Her selection comes at the expense of quota winner Chinki Yadav, who had recently claimed a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in Delhi last month.
It also means that Anjum Moudgil, who was the first Indian shooter along with Apurvi Chandela to earn quota for the Tokyo Games at the 2018 World Championships, will be fielded in women's rifle 3 positions event along with the seasoned Tejaswini Sawant.
Chandela and Elavenil will participate in the women's 10m air rifle event.
Both Chinki and Anjum were kept as reserves in 25m pistol and rifle 3 positions events respectively.
The highly accomplished Manu Bhaker will be fielded in both the women's 25m pistol alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat and in her pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal.April 4, 2021
The NRAI selection committee assembled here to announce the names of 15 shooters who will represent the country at the Games, scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8.
The shooters were selected based on their performance in the NRAI's four-year Olympic qualifying cycle, starting with the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games which was followed by World Championship (both in 2018), all four World Cups and Asian Championships in 2019 and selection trials stage 1 and 2 earlier this year.
As per the NRAI's stated policy, an average of five best scores in an international competition, starting with the Jakarta Asiad, was taken into account while picking the final team. The quota belongs to the country and not the shooter who secures it.
India shooting team for Tokyo Olympics
10m Air Rifle Men: Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar. Reserve shooters: Sandeep Singh, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar
10m Air Pistol Men: Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma. Reserve shooters: Shahzar Rizvi, Om Prakash Mitharval
50m Rifle 3 Position Men: Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar. Reserve shooters: Swapnil Kusale, Chain Singh
10m Air Rifle Women: Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan. Reserve shooters: Anjum Moudgil, Shreya Agrawal
50m Rifle 3 Position Women: Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant. Reserve shooters: Sunidhi Chauhan, Gaayathri N
10m Air Pistol Women: Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Reserve shooters: P Shri Nivetha, Shweta Singh
25m Sports Pistol Women: Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker. Reserve shooters: Chinki Yadav, Abhidnya Patil
Skeet Men: Angadvir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan. Reserve shooters: Gurjoat Siingh Khangura, Sheeraz Sheikh
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team: Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan, Deepak Kumar and Anjum Moudgil
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team: Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker, Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal.