NRAI defies logic
There is a question mark on whether this year's National Shooting Championships — the 52nd National Shooting Championships currently underway here — form the basis for the national squad selection for 2009.other Updated: Jan 17, 2009 23:42 IST
There is a question mark on whether this year's National Shooting Championships — the 52nd National Shooting Championships currently underway here — form the basis for the national squad selection for 2009.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) circular dated November 13, 2007 says in para 2.7 that the national champions of 52nd NSC will be part of the national squad irrespective of their scores. But it does not specify whether the scores of the rest of the competing shooters here would be considered for team selection.
Surprisingly as per this circular, Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial 2008 and Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial 2008 figure in the basic criteria whereas the 51st NSCC of 2007 is taken instead of 52nd.
What has given rise to the controversy is the fact that the circular dated Dec 5, 2008 clearly states that the Nationals’ scores will be considered for all future selections and constitution of the national squad for 2010.
A marksman said, “Why have we come here to participate in the Nationals... which means we are only here to make up the numbers,” he says.
Based on a series of national-level tournaments and trials, the NRAI selects the squad to represent the country in foreign competitions, with the Nationals being top on the list. A total of six members in each Olympic shooting event and four members each in non-Olympic event get into the national squad.
“We practice so hard for this and give off our best. With other smaller tournaments, that same motivation is not there," said another shooter. National coach Sunny Thomas said, “Nationals have always been one of the criteria for selection. "And it's going to be this time also.” But he couldn't explain why it hadn't been specified in the circular. Did the NRAI selectors have some doubt regarding the conduct of the Nationals or was it just an oversight?