World champion trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu, on way to the World Cup finals in Turkey, suffered a setback, as the gun he was carrying didn't reach the Frankfurt airport early on Friday morning
"Manav boarded an early-morning Air India flight from the IGI airport but when he reached Frankfurt on way to Balonia (Italy) and then to Istanbul, he found his rifle had not arrived," said the champion shooter's father Gurbir Singh.
"He has to train in Balonia for a week before flying to Istanbul for the World Cup finals. This is a big dampener and will also affect his preparations for the Commonwealth Games," said Gurbir, a shotgun shooter himself. "The guns are packed in special containers and extra care is taken by the airlines to secure them," he said, adding that he had lodged a complaint with the government's travel agents, Balmer and Lawrie, who booked Manav on the flight.
A senior AI official told Hindustan Times, "It's unfortunate such a thing has happened especially to a sportsperson. He should, hopefully, get his gun back by tomorrow if hasn't been loaded at the IGI airport. If the gun has got misplaced in Frankfurt, then he should contact the airport authorities there. We have a completely mechanised system whereby every baggage is accounted for, so hopefully the shooter should get his gun soon," he said.
Only two shooters --- Manavjit and double-trap marksman Ronjan Sodhi --- are representing the country in the World Cup finals. Manavjit had won the World Championship gold in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006.