Eight Indian shooters linked to the Olympics, including some of the country’s biggest medals in Tokyo, will be seen in action at the European Championships here on Monday.
However, by participating in the continental tournament as an invited guest, the Indians will only shoot in the Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) section and therefore their results will not be taken into account for qualifying the finals.
So the podium finals in the tournament are not subject to the Indian shooters, but they will not mind, as this will at least give them another competitive platform to test before the most important Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
Three Indians – Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar – will shoot the MQS men’s 10-meter air rifle along with 12 other participants. While Kumar and Divyansh will shoot in the main event in Tokyo, the young Tomar has been chosen as one of the team’s many reserves.
Apurvi Chandela and Elavanil Valarivan will shoot the 10-meter MQS women’s air rifle, along with 12 other shooters.
While Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary will be tested in the men’s 10 air pistol, along with nine other shooters from different countries, Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal will shoot in the women’s 10 air pistol along with six other competitors.
The 13-member Olympic team linked to the Olympics arrived here from the Croatian capital, Zagreb, on Saturday, the team’s training base on the eve of the Olympics.
Indian shooters will only participate in the individual Olympic events for men and women.
Anjum Moudgil can compete in two separate events (10 meters air rifle for women and 50 meters rifle 3 positions).
Located in the eastern part of Croatia, Osijek will also host the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF) for rifle / pistol / rifle competitions, scheduled for June 22nd, a few weeks after the European Championships.
When shooting in the MQS section, athletes do not compete for a medal and are therefore not eligible to qualify for the finals. However, their results can be used for official purposes and for ranking.
A total of 15 Indian shooters have qualified for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Skiut shooters Myraj Khan and Angad Baiva, who also qualified for the games, are training in Italy.