Who will be making the team for the upcoming Olympics?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is less than a year away, and the qualifiers for many disciplines have concluded. As of mid-June, as many as 11 athletes from India have already qualified for the mega sporting show next year, with plenty more to follow when qualifiers are contested in a host of sports next year.
One area where India harbour a host of medal hopes is in shooting. After ace marksman Abhinav Bindra claimed India's first ever individual gold back at Beijing 2008, a new generation of shooting stars have been inspired to follow in his footsteps.
So let's take a closer look at some of the shooters who have already booked their ticket to Tokyo 2020:
Apurvi Chandela finished fourth at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara and got the final automatic qualification spot for Tokyo 2020. Chandela participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics but couldn’t procure a medal on that occasion. However, four years on, the story could be different with the 26-year-old winning gold at the Munich and New Delhi World Cups in 2019.
Anjum Moudgil, alongside Apurvi Chandela, were the first two Indian shooters to confirm their tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games. Moudgil nabbed the silver medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara and got an automatic qualification. This will be her debut Olympic Games.
He may be only 17 years old, but Saurabh Chaudhary has already caught the attention of the shooting world having won the gold medal at the Youth Olympics and the Asian Games in 2018. Chaudhary also won golds at the Munich and New Delhi ISSF World Cups, with the gold in the latter confirming his berth for Tokyo 2020.
Abhishek Verma is another talented prospect for India when it comes to Tokyo 2020. He clinched gold at the 2019 Beijing ISSF World Cup to book his spot for the Olympics.
Verma also won a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games and alongside Saurabh Chaudhary, would be one of the medal probables for India at the 10m Air Pistol category.
Another young prodigy in the world of shooting, Divyansh Singh Panwar managed qualification for Tokyo 2020 after winning a silver at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Beijing. He’s just 17 years old, but Panwar still remains a medal hopeful for India owing to his incredible talent and ability that almost seem to defy his age.