Graeme Hudson, the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (CSF) chief, on Tuesday stonewalled the National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) request to replace a sick Hariom Singh with Imran Hasan Khan for the 50m rifle prone (individual) event on Wednesday — the last day of shooting competitions.
The Army marksman has been running high fever for the last one week and it showed in his scores in the 50m prone (team) event on Tuesday. "It is really disappointing that the CSF did not accede to our request," said national coach Sunny Thomas.
"A day before the prone team event, we requested Hudson to replace Hariom with Imran but he rejected the request. We again requested him to replace the sick shooter for Wednesday's event, but again our request was rejected.
"International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules permit a country to replace a sick or injured shooter 24 hours before competition. Usually during World Cups, there are three shooters in the main competition and two competing for the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS). In the event of a shooter, lined up for competition, getting sick, an MQS shooter gets promoted to competition level," explained Thomas.
"But in Hariom's case, Hudson told us CSF rules don't permit such a thing. We have no option but to go with Hariom.
"We even asked Imran to start practicing as we had assumed that our request would be accepted. But you know being the hosts, we cannot put too much pressure on Hudson," Thomas added.
"I am confident Hariom will come up with a much improved performance tomorrow."