December 12, 2016 9:11:56 pm
India’s top shooters, including Rio Olympians like Jitu Rai, will vie for honours in the 60th National Shooting Championships for rifle and pistol beginning here tomorrow.
The shooters will be taking part in men’s 10m air rifle, 50m pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol scheduled to begin on the first day of competitions.
Pre-event training concluded today.
The first finals are slated for Wednesday, with the men’s 50m pistol followed by the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol finals. This year’s competitions have seen an all-time record entry of 4500 shooters from across the country.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh said, “We have an important year in shooting coming up, with the country hosting two premiere world events in 2017, beginning with the first leg of the ISSF World Cup scheduled to be held in New Delhi in the last week of February.
“Given this context and the opportunities they are likely to throw up for our shooters, we wish all participants at the 60th NSCC all the very best. We hope they will use these Nationals as a stepping stone towards the greater goal which is to win laurels for the country in the international stage.”
The 60th NSCC (Rifle/Pistol) will see a total of 31 event finals, 15 in the senior category and 16 in the junior category respectively.
The tournament, to be held at the Balewadi Shooting Range with the support of the Maharashtra Rifle Association, will conclude on December 26.
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