The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has made participation mandatory in the National Shooting Championship in shotgun, rifle and pistol events next month, including for those who took part in the Guangzhou Asian Games.
The directive is part of the revised national policy of the NRAI. Shooters who skip the national meet will lose points when the ranking list is drawn to determine the national squad. "The national meet will form the basis for selection. Skipping it could jeopardise shooters' chances of making it to the squad," said top NRAI official Baljit Singh Sethi.
However, top shooters will be exempted if they are training abroad or participating in international competitions.
Last year, the NRAI had chalked out its national policy to select squads for international competitions, including the Commonwealth Games. The policy, however, drew flak.
The NRAI will also stick to the norm that quota places are meant for countries and not individuals. "In the past, the general practice was to allot quota places to the shooter who wins it," and added, "Those who win quota places will be given points too. It will help the shooter accumulate points when the ranking list is drawn."
"To select players for Olympic Games, a final selection trial will be held three months prior to the big event. On that basis, the team will be shortlisted," he said.
The 2011 season is important as the four World Cups will act as qualifying rounds for the 2012 London Olympics. The Asian Championships in January 2012 assumes importance as it offers 35 quota places for London.