Singhraj Adhana to Miss Paris as PCI surrenders Paralympics Shooting Quota


The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has been forced to surrender one of its shooting quotas for the Paris Paralympics, resulting in the exclusion of double Paralympic medallist Singhraj Adhana from the Indian contingent. This decision has been taken due to a change in competition rules by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) after the 2021 Tokyo edition.

PCI excludes Singhraj Adhana

Singhraj Adhana, a 42-year-old shooter, had won silver in the mixed 50m pistol SH1 event and bronze in the 10m air pistol SH1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics. Despite his impressive track record and achievements, he will not be able to participate in the Paris Paralympics.

The PCI selection panel for shooting met and decided that although the country’s para shooters had secured nine Paris quota places, only eight shooters would be able to participate. This decision reflects the adherence to the PCI’s selection policy and the guidelines set by the World Shooting Para Sports (WSPS), following the reduction in the number of quota places allowed per event by the IPC for the Paris Games.

During the Tokyo Paralympics, every country was permitted to field a maximum of three shooters per event. However, for the Paris Paralympics, the number has been reduced to two shooters per event. This reduction in quota places forced the PCI to make the difficult decision to surrender the quota of shooting stalwart Singhraj.

Rudransh Khandelwal (50m pistol SH1), and Nihal Singh will represent the country in 25m pistol. In the 10m air pistol P1, while Singhraj has bagged the quota, Manish Narwal and Rudransh are currently on top. In para shooting, if a shooter bags a quota in any particular event, they can participate in three different events.

This decision has undoubtedly caused disappointment, given Singhraj’s impressive track record and achievements in previous Paralympic Games.

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