After a long time, shooters will be back in the firing range as ISSF Shooting World Cup main events will start from today. The Delegations from different nations arrived at the venue on 18th March to take part in the mega shooting event. 57 Indian shooters will be in action at the first ISSF World Cup of 2021, which is going at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
ISSF Shooting World Cup
About 300 athletes from 53 nations will be participating in the ISSF Shooting World Cup. It is for the first time that the Shooting World program includes 30 events which include 12 Individuals events, 12 Team events, and 6 Mixed Teams events. This WC will determine leaders of the Olympic Qualification ranking by which an athlete will be eligible to participate in Tokyo 2020 in one of the Individual events.
China, Japan, and Germany, among others, have decided to give the event a miss while the England and Brazil shooting squad will be raring to go after serving a mandatory one-week period of hard quarantine in New Delhi.
For the first time since 2020, 31 National Federations will take part in the ISSF competition. Players in the Rifle /Pistol discipline will complete almost after a year as there were no World Cups in Rifle/Pistol in 2020.
Tokyo berth up for grab
The first combined ISSF World Cup of 2021 will be an opportunity for shooters to earn ranking points for Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 25m men’s pistol category is also open for qualifications as the ISSF WC will provide a platform for shooters to earn ranking points for Tokyo.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala will also look to earn enough points for a ticket to Tokyo 2020. 18-year-old Anish is currently ranked 12th in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol rankings. He can increase the chances of his maiden Olympic games appearance if he wins gold.
Shooter will be preparing for the Tokyo 2020
The ISSF World Cup is the first international event of 2021 for 13 of 15 Indian shooters who have already won a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics. The top-ranked shooters in the 10m Air Rifle men’s and women’s, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan are in the Indian squad for the ISSF World Cup.
The tournament will serve as good preparation for other medal favorites Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, and Abhishek Verma. Skeet shooters Angad Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who won a team bronze at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Cairo last month will be looking for better performance in the individual events.