NRAI refuses Shooters’ request for relaxation in selection criteria

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A group of top Indian shooters requested the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for a relaxation in the selection criteria for the upcoming Olympic shooting trials. The shooters, including Asian Games medalists and multiple international-level medalists, asked for a change in the rules so that they could participate in the trials.

What does NRAI’s criteria say?

According to the current NRAI’s selection criteria, only five shooters in each category, determined by their national ranking and Qualification Ranking for the Olympic Games (QROG) Points, are eligible to participate in the trials. The trials, which are scheduled at the Karni Singh Range in Delhi from April 18 to 27, and in Bhopal from May 10 to 19, will play a crucial role in selecting the pistol and rifle contingent for the Paris Olympics 2024.

However, some shooters who have won the Paris quota for the country are not in peak form, while others who have shot consistently well but had one subpar score have slipped out of the top five. These shooters believe that they should also be allowed to participate in the selection trials as they had missed the spots by minimal margins.

NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia confirmed that five shooters had written to the federation for their names to be included in the trials. However, he stated that there would be no change in the criteria. He said, “So far there is no change in the criteria. We are following them. Yes, we have received letters from five shooters requesting their names to be included in the trials, but we are not changing the criteria. There is no (NRAI) meeting scheduled (to change the criteria)”.

India has won the record-high 19 quotas for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.

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