Indian shooting team not to compete in season-opening Cairo World Cup – Times of India

Indian shooting team not to compete in season-opening Cairo World Cup - Times of India

New Delhi: India have opted out from the start of the season. ISSF World Cup Starting from January 24 in Cairo. The national federation’s decision is intended to give shooters a much-needed rest, and prevent exhaustion in a tough year with the upcoming Paris Olympic qualification events.
However, this relatively recent choice has created a dilemma for some elite shooters who plan their competition schedules well in advance.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary General Sultan Singh highlighted that before the decision was implemented, there was an in-depth discussion between the coaches, sports science team and relevant stakeholders.
The Cairo World Cup, which includes pistol, rifle and shotgun events, is scheduled to conclude on February 1.
“We want to rest them and not tire them out. Everything is driven by the training structure. We don’t make any decisions about the training part of it without keeping the shooters as well as the coaches (in the loop). are
“All the shooters are aware of it; it’s a set policy. All the shooters are aware of it,” Singh said.
NRAI assistant secretary, Nemeet Chopra indicated that coaches want shooters not to tire themselves out in a busy year.
“The coaches want their shooters to rest and not compete in all the events. We have the Jakarta event (Asia Olympic Qualification Rifle/Pistol, January 5-18) where the entire ‘A’ team is going,” Chopra said. said
“The Cairo World Cup (January 24-February 1) is right after the Olympic quota competition in Jakarta. The decision (not to send a team) was taken last week. “We are not even sending a ‘B’ team, because if we By not sending the ‘A’ team and only sending the ‘B’ team, then there are some QROG (Qualification Ranking Points for the Olympic Games), which the ‘B’ team can accumulate to the detriment of the ‘B’ team. will A team (when the Olympic selection trials are held in May next year). That is why we have decided that no one will go there (Cairo).
The NRAI will hold a series of trials to select the squad for the Paris Olympic Games in May where only the top finishers will represent the country, regardless of whether they have secured a Games quota for the country or not. no.
I Shooting Sports, the Olympic quota is not won by an individual but by a country.
However, India will send its team to the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Granada, Spain from February 10 to 18. But there are only two events — 10-meter air rifle and 10-meter air pistol seniors and juniors — scheduled there.
A shooter told PTI on condition of anonymity that the scheduling should be done well in advance so that the shooters have uninterrupted preparations.
“We train for certain competitions and skip others. Our training is very, very structured and any change can spoil our form and rhythm. So, the federation should consider these things. Cairo World Cup. Now they’ll miss both,” Shooter said.
Another shooter added, the federation could have given its players an option between Jakarta and Cairo.
“It (granting the option) could have been a good option,” Shooter said.

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