As many as 14 Indian shooters will be seen in action during the ISSF World Cup finals that will be held in Putian, China from November 17 to November 23. The nation will be represented in all the rifle and pistol events, with India’s top four women shooters, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Mehuli Ghosh and Elavenil Valarivan participating in the 10 metres Air Rifle event. Moudgil had won silver in the World Cup in the event last year.
Moudgil will also turn out in the 50 metres Rifle 3 Positions competition, where she has been placed 13th. The ranking is based on the performance of the shooters in the last four World Cups. Manu Bhaker will be seen in action in the 10 metres Air Pistol event along with Yashaswini Deswal, who has been placed second. Bhaker will also fight for top honours in the 25 metres Pistol event with Rahi Sarnobhat.
Along with the seven women shooters, seven participants will turn out for India in the men’s events as well. Divyansh Singh Panwar, ranked 10th in the Championships will shoot in the 10 metres Air Rifle event, while India will be represented by two shooters in the Men’s 50 metres Rifle 3 Positions event. Akhil Sheoran and Sanjeev Rajput will be the competitors.
Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma, ranked one and two respectively, will turn out for India in the 10 metres Air Pistol Men’s event along with Shahzar Rizvi, while Anish will be the sole representative in the 25 metres Rapid Fire Pistol event. Medal hopes will be on Chaudhary and Verma, who swept two golds each in the last four World Cups.
In 2017, 12 shooters had qualified for the World Cup Finals and returned with three medals, including a gold. While the duo of Heena Sindhu and Jeetu Rai had won gold in the 10 metres Air Pistol Mixed event, Sangram Singh won silver in the Double Trap competition. Amanpreet had bagged a bronze in the 50 metres Pistol event