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School trials leave shooters in a fix

The air rifle and pistol shooters, who had already appeared for trials on December 5 for this month's National School Games, have surprisingly been called for a second round of trials.

other Updated: Dec 10, 2010 23:27 IST
Navneet Singh

The selection policy of the Directorate of Education, Delhi, has left the shooters fuming.

The air rifle and pistol shooters, who had already appeared for trials on December 5 for this month's National School Games, have surprisingly been called for a second round of trials. The players say that the authorities have gone against the norm.

"Rather than allowing players to focus on the competition (to be held in Pune from December 21), they are making us spend time and energy to prepare for another round of trails," said a student. "Conducting two trials in a short span is very unusual."

The first round of trials was held at St Stephens College premises and on the basis of the performances there, shooters were selected in both the boys and girls categories. But three days later, December 12 was announced as the fresh date for trials.

While competitors are complaining, officials are justifying the decision, saying "they were preliminary trials".

They add that the selectors could have easily picked the three marksmen needed as four rifle shooters had turned up for the trials in the boys category.

Asha Aggarwal, an official with the sports branch, said: "To shortlist the final three-member team in each of the four categories, a final trial needs to be conducted."

However, she didn't disclose why it wasn't stated in the department circular dated November 30.

"Generally we have preliminary round to prune the list and final round to shortlist the team," she explained. "Players don't know the rules."