Tondaiman, Rajeshwari among five-member Indian shotgun team for Olympics

New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) Senior trap shooter Prithviraj Tondaiman will spearhead the Indian shotgun team in the upcoming Paris Olympics as the national shooting federation Tuesday named a five-member squad for the mega event, with all of them appearing in their maiden games.

The Paris Games will be held from July 26 to August 11.

Tondaiman has made the cut in men’s trap, while Rajeshwari Kumari will take aim in the women’s trap event.

Anantjeet Singh Naruka will be India’s sole men’s skeet shooter while Raiza Dhillon and Maheshwari Chauhan in women’s skeet complete the five quota places that the shotgun squad had earned in the qualification cycle.

Maheshwari and Anantjeet will also feature as the sole Indian pair in the skeet mixed team event, which is making a debut at the Paris Games. Incidentally, all five named will also be competing in their first Olympic Games.

The National Rifle Association of India’s (NRAI) secretary general Kr. Sultan Singh said “There was intense competition for places and things could have changed in case some shooters medalled at the recently concluded Lonato World Cup.

“But we believe that we have a great shotgun team, which has won the highest ever spots for India at any Games and certainly a second Olympic medal in the discipline looks a strong possibility.” He also said that the name of women’s trap shooter Shreyasi Singh had also been approved by the selection committee and that the NRAI had written to the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) for a quota swap.

In this situation, her name could only be published post receiving necessary approvals from the ISSF, the NRAI said.

Source: PTI News


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