Saurabh Chaudhary might be the top ranked Air Pistol shooter in the country but even that can’t guarantee him a spot at the next two editions of the Air Rifle & Pistol World Cup to be held in Beijing and Munich in the month of April and May respectively.
Well, India’s Chaudhary, who is ranked 4th in the 10m Air Pistol event of ISSF World rankings, has not been allowed to participate in the medal rounds and will instead take part in the (MQS) Minimum Qualification Score category.
Chaudhary recently secured a quota place for India in the 10 m Air Pistol event for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, during the World Cup held in New Delhi in February and was poised to break into the top 3 with the form he is in.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) is of the view that since India has already secured a berth with Saurabh’s Gold medal winning effort in Delhi, others like Abhishek Verma, Arjun Singh Cheema, Shahzar Rizvi should be given the chance to earn another Olympic spot for India.
This implies Chaudhary won’t compete for medals in a World Cup till those selected by NRAI can bag the other quota place. It also deprives the 17 year old shooter of getting used to the pressure of a World Cup final, which would have come in handy ahead of the big 2020 event.
India has already secured a quota place in Men's 10 m Air Pistol with Chaudhry's effort and two quota places in 10m Air Rifle (Women's), thanks to Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil.
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