Focus on the shooters before the final Tokyo odds match
PUNE: In their last bet to win Tokyo 2020 odds, Indian shotgun shooters will be eager to show their best performance in the Asian shooting championships in Doha, starting Monday.
So far, India has won nine places for Tokyo, but all have come at the rifle and gun events.
38 bunk beds will be offered in Tokyo (in 12 events) in Doha: four each in 25m quick throw for men and 25m sports gun for women and three in every 10 events.
According to the Olympic qualification rules, each country can win a maximum of two installments in a given event. After sealing nine places, India will be eligible to win 15 seats in the meeting.
Rifle and pistol shooters are still in the best position to increase their Olympic berths since the last competition to offer Olympic quotas since China, Korea and Japan have already secured most of their berths.
On the contrary, it will be a difficult task for shotgun shooters, since most of the quotas so far have been captured by Europeans, while the shooters of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the hosts of Qatar and even China will seek to do With their posts.
So far, China has only one trap quota for men in its pocket, while Kuwait has one each in the skeleton and the trap of men. The UAE and Qatar hosts have not yet opened their account. Traditionally, shotguns from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have consistently qualified for the Olympic Games.
India has not yet opened its account in shotgun events, so this makes the competition even tougher. In addition, the main Asian countries have won only three installments, so it will be very difficult for everyone to book a Tokyo ticket here. There is more pressure since this is the last chance for everyone, said the four-time Olympic Manavjit Singh Sandhu , which will compete for the trap fee.
Rifle and pistol shooters have their fair share of berths in Tokyo. India has sealed the four quotas (two men, two women) in the 10 m air pistol category, while only one quota remains in the 10 m air rifle category (men's event).
India has a great opportunity to reserve a spot at the men's 25-meter rapid fire event, where Anish Bhanwal and Adarsh Singh will try to get two of the four available spaces. Similarly, in the 25-meter female pistol event, the 2012 participant Annu Raj Singh will look for the only remaining place in the Indian contingent. Rahi Sarnobat has already booked a place.