Uncertainty looms over the Indian shotgun team's participation in the season's inaugural World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, in the first week of March. National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) assistant secretary, Rajiv Bhatia, said the Sports Ministry's clearance was still awaited.
The team is scheduled to leave on March 1 and it takes almost three days to reach Acapulco. A source said a government official had sent a letter to the ministry alleging discrepancy in the selection trials.
“There has been a lot of bickering since the time trials were held in Patiala late last year. Some people, who could not make it to the squad, have been trying to scuttle the tour.”
“The team for the Commonwealth Championships and the first two World Cups was selected on the basis of the trials but in the event of the tour not being cleared, it could lead to problems,” said another marksman.