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In a rather surprising revelation, experienced shooters like Gagan Narang and Jitu Rai were overlooked from the Indian Shooting squad for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. Not only that, young Mehuli Ghosh who impressed during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was also left out. While Narang was shortlisted for the team for the ISSF World Championships which is to be held in Korea but Jitu Rai was failed to make it to the first Tokyo Olympic quota as well.
RifleIn the two-member Men’s air rifle squad, Ravi Kumar and Deepak were selected while the 3-position team will consist of Sanjeev Rajput and Akhil Sheoran. Gagan Narang was probably the most successful shooter on this category winning a total of five medals at the Asian Games 2006 and 2010 which includes a Silver medal in the 2010 edition. Junior World Cup gold medallist Elavenil Valarivan, Apurvi Chandela both made a cut to the women’s air rifle team. Anjum Moudgil and Gayathri N were shortlisted for the 3-position team while Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela will appear for the air rifle mixed team event.
PistolMen’s air pistol team will comprise of Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhury while Shivam Shukla and Anish Bhanwala will represent the tri-colour in the rapid fire pistol event. Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker will feature in the women’s air pistol event. Meanwhile, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker will be a part of the sports pistol event. Abhishek Verma and Bhaker will be in action for the mixed team event.
ShotgunAnkur Mittal and Shardul Vihaan were selected for the men’s trap category while the trap team will see the likes of Manavjeet Singh Sandhu and Lakshay while Sheeraz Sheikh and Bajwa will compete in the skeet event. In the women’s team, Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar will shoot in the trap event while Shreyasi along with Varsha Varman will participate in the double trap. Ganemot Sekhon and Rashmmi Rathod have been summoned for the skeet event while Lakshay and Shreyasi will team up for the mixed event. Also read: Jaspal Rana: Showing the way for the future of Indian Shooting
RifleGagan Narang makes it to the team in the prone and air rifle event, Chain Singh will feature in the prone, and Swapnil Kusale who makes it to the 3 positions event was also added to the list. In the women’s team, Tejaswini Sawant will be a part of the prone event, Shreya Saksena in the 3 positions and prone event, while Mehuli Ghosh has been selected for the air rifle event. Anjum Moudgil will represent India in all 3 categories.
PistolShahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharval will join Abhishek Verma in air pistol, while youngster Saurabh Chaudhary fails to make it to the senior squad. Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar and Amanpreet Singh will form the standard pistol squad. Shivam Shukla, Anish Bhanwala and Gurpreet are three selected for the rapid fire pistol team. Shweta Singh has been added to the sports pistol squad with Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu while Sarnobat, Bhaker and Sidhu will all be a part of the sport pistol squad. Abhishek Varma and Manu Bhaker and will feature in the mixed team event along with Shahar Rizvi and Heena Sidhu.
ShotgunZoravar Singh Sandhu will join the men’s trap team along with Lakshay and Manavjit Singh while Mohammad Abas will be the third member of the double trap squad. The women’s trap team will feature Varsha Varman, Shreyasi Singh, and Seema Tomar. In the mixed team event, Lakshya will pair up with Shreyasi Singh while Manajit Singh will shoot alongside Seema Tomar.