India’s 13-member Olympic shooting team arrived in Osijek from the Croatian capital, Zagreb, to shoot in the European Championship’s Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) section.
The competitions started on Saturday with competitions for juniors. Tokyo-bound shooters in India will only compete in the individual Olympic competitions 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 Shooting Federation (ISSF), a rifle / pistol / rifle world cup competition scheduled for June 22nd, a few weeks after the European Championships.
“We are all in a good position and we felt really good after the end of the seven-day quarantine period. The team is in a great mood and is really looking forward to the championship,” said rifle coach Deepali Despande.
The first individual Olympic events, the 10-meter air rifle and air pistol competitions for men and women, are scheduled for Monday.
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 Mayraj Khan and Angad Baiva, who also qualified for the games, are training in Italy.