The top 12 athletes in individual rifle and pistol events according to the 2021 world ranking post the Games, have been invited to participate in the event where individual winners will be awarded the Golden Target, the Best Athlete of the Year title.
The NRAI decided to go ahead with the polls despite the impediments it faced after the petition filed by challenger Shyam Singh Yadav in the Delhi High Court, followed by the sports ministry's directive to initiate elections afresh.
Just a day before the National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) elections in Mohali, the Sports Ministry has directed the shooting body to initiate the process afresh.
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The three-part review is already underway, an insider in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
“Everybody will be evaluated. You think it is only the athlete who will be evaluated? Even I will be evaluated as the president of the NRAI. No one is indispensable,” he said before answering in the affirmative to a question on whether he was under pressure as NRAI chief.
The federation is working with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in this regard and there are chances that the number of support staff could go up.
The decision was taken by the Commonwealth Games India Executive Board with the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation
Mittal won his double trap world title in 2018 and got the Arjuna award the same year. Moudgil is a world championship silver-medallist, also from the 2018 edition and she was awarded the Arjuna in 2019.
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Proper channel, in this case, means using the federation's media department as the contact point, an NRAI source told PTI on Tuesday.
The shooting team will be travelling to Croatia for the European Championships from from 20 May to 6 June, where they will be staying back for training before directly leaving for Tokyo.
The 19-year-old pistol ace was administered the Covishield vaccine at the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Dhakla village.
The NRAI stepped up its call for vaccination after three of its Olympic-bound shooters contracted the highly contagious virus recently, forcing the federation to cancel the national camp for the rifle team that was to start in the national capital from Tuesday.
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It was also decided to name Manu Bhaker in both the women's 25m pistol alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat and in her pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal.
Singh, who was the competition manager in the recently-concluded World Cup held in Delhi, received the gold medal from the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) for his services towards the sport.
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India have so far secured an unprecedented 15 Olympic quota places and is also leading the standings in the World Cup with 23 medals, including 11 gold.
"Current form won’t be an overriding consideration and I don’t see it being a huge factor in team selection. Don’t expect any major surprises or any extraordinary changes,” NRAI chief Raninder Singh said.
After being released as a precautionary measure, the shooter is likely to be back in the team.
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The 20-year-old from Chandigarh created history when she bagged a bronze on the third competition day of the tournament on Sunday.
These two, whose test reports came late on Saturday night, are in addition to the two Indian athletes who have returned positive for the virus at the start of the second competition day of the tournament.
The ongoing tournament, scheduled at the Dr Karni Singh Range from 19 to 29 March, was rocked after three shooters, including two from the Indian contingent, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.