Abhinav to skip shooting events this year

March 13th, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) India’s Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra will skip all the major international events this year.
Bindra, who took time off from shooting after winning India’s first-ever individual gold at the Beijing Games last year, decided not to participate in any international events this year because none of the meets offer quota places or qualifying spots for the 2012 London Olympics.

“Abhinav took some time off after winning the gold in the 10 meters air-rifle event last year. This year he won’t be participating in any international events specially the World Cups because quota places are not available,” national coach Sunny Thomas told IANS.

Thomas also said that Bindra, who concentrated on the air-rifle due to his back injury, has started practising prone and three-position events recently.

In Bindra’s absence, world record holder Gagan Narang will lead the 38-member India squad at next month’s World Cups in Changwon (South Korea) and Beijing.

Changwon will host the World Cup from April 8-16 while the Beijing dates are from April 16-24.


Men: 50M Rifle 3 Position: Sanjeev Rajput, Gagan Narang, Sushil Ghaley, Imran Hasan Khan, Surendra Singh Rathod; 50M Rifle Prone: Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Shamsher Singh, Joydeep Karmakar, Sushil Ghaley;10M Rifle: Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, P.T. Raghunath, Imran Hasan Khan, Parminder Kumar; 50M Pistol: Omkar Singh, Satendra Kumar, Amanpreet Singh, Gurpal Singh, Vivek Singh;10M Pistol: Omkar Singh, Bapu Vanjare, Om Prakash, Gurpeet Singh, Amanpreet Singh 25M Rapid Fire Piustol: Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang, Gurpeet Singh, Ronak Pandit, C K Chaudhary.

Women: 50M Rifle 3 Position: Lajja Gauswami, Tejaswini Sawant, Meena Kumari, Anuja Jung, Kuheli Gangulee; 10M Rifle: Ayonika Paul, Suma Shirur, Neha Sapte, Lajja Gauswami, Priya Agarwal; 25M Pistol: Sushma Singh, Shweta Chaudhary, Anisa Sayyed, Sonia Rai, Annuraj Singh;

10M Pistol: Pushpanjali Rana, Heena Sidhu, Shweta Chaudhary, Harveen Srao, Anisa Sayyed

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