High pistol shooters Vijay, Jitu again in nationwide squad

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Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar and World Championship silver winner Jitu Rai on Thursday returned to the nationwide squad after being away for a chronic interval.

Vijay, who claimed a historic silver within the 25m fast hearth pistol occasion on the 2012 London Olympics, made a comeback to aggressive taking pictures after 5 years when he participated within the nationwide championships final November on the Dr Karni Singh Taking pictures Vary right here.

The 36-year-old shooter, who’s now a deputy superintendent of police in his dwelling state of Himachal Pradesh, had been dogged by a recurring shoulder harm since successful the Olympic medal.

Asian Video games gold medallist Rai, 34, took half within the nationwide taking pictures choice trials on the Madhya Pradesh Academy final month.

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Within the 50-metre free pistol, Rai, a multiple-time World Cup gold medallist, shot 562 to prime the sector. He was one level forward of Saurabh Chaudhary.

Subedar Main Rai, who has been coaching on the Military Marksman Unit in Mhow, has positioned the 2024 Olympics as considered one of his main objectives.

Through the 2016 Rio Video games, Rai turned the primary Indian pistol shooter to clear the boys’s 10m qualification on the Olympics, however couldn’t reside as much as the massive expectations within the eight-man remaining.

In July 2018, Jitu was dropped from the Goal Olympic Podium Scheme on grounds of lack of type.

The pistol squad for 2022, which was introduced by the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation of India (NRAI) on Thursday, additionally options the adorned Chaudhary, Anish, Gurpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Adarsh Singh and Vijayveer Sidhu amongst others.

The ladies’s squad includes Manu Bhaker, Esha Singh, Naamya Kapoor, Rahi Sarnobat, Shri Nivetha P and Rhythm Sangwan, amongst others.

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The federation additionally introduced the rifle squad for the upcoming ISSF World Cup in Baku the place the nation’s pistol shooters will not be collaborating to give attention to their coaching programme that has been designed upfront.

The rifle workforce for the Baku World Cup options the likes of Anjum Moudgil, Elavenil Valarivan, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, Chain Singh, Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Deepak Kumar, Paarth Makhija, Sift Kaur Samra and Shreya Agarwal.

Whereas she will not be a part of the workforce for the Baku world cup, Mehuli Ghosh, a silver medallist on the World Championships, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Video games, options within the rifle squad for the yr.

The match in Baku shall be held from Might 27 to June 7.

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