Indian team to be announced after T3 and T4 national trials
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) is ready to host the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) combined World Cup in March as scheduled.
The marquee event is set to be held in New Delhi from March 18 to 29 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Rajeev Bhatia, NRAI general secretary, is in constant touch with the officials at of the world body and is confident that there will be no hurdles in organising the tournament.
"We are confident of organising this event and we have already spoken to our officials regarding the World Cup. As of now, I can say that the World Cup is very much on and will discuss SOPs and other important issues related to the World Cup in the first week of March," Bhatia to ANI.
"We are getting entries and a good response, a lot of countries have responded positively and have sent their entries so the World Cup is very much on," he added.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it is possible that the athletes will be hosted in a bio-bubble.
"We are discussing with the sports ministry and hopefully some solution will come out as we are working on that."
This will be the first international tournament that the Indian shooters will be plying their trade in since the pandemic disrupted the calendar in 2020.
The NRAI is yet to announce the Indian teams for the two ISSF World Cups which are scheduled in New Delhi and Changwon in March and April respectively.
The final list will be out only after the completion of the third and fourth (T3 and T4) National Rifle/Pistol trials. The trials are set to start from February 8 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting range.