37-Field Line-Up For First Ever Rifle/Pistol Olympic Selection Trials

(MENAFN- IANS) New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Palak's quota win at the ongoing Rio qualifiers has completed the athletes' field for the upcoming first-ever Olympic Selection Trials (OST) in the Rifle and Pistol disciplines.

The first two of the four trials are scheduled here at the Karni Singh Shooting Range from April 18, 2024 and a total of 37 marksmen and women will take aim in the eight Olympic events, four each for each discipline.

A 10-day detail has been announced by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the governing body for shooting in the country, for the same, with each event seeing five qualified shooters based on the Olympic selection policy criteria. The two women's pistol events are the only ones which have seen common shooters, three of them in fact, make the trials cut.

Palak and Surbhi Rao from the Rio squad will join Rhythm Sangwan, Esha Singh and Manu Bhaker in the women's air-pistol line-up, with the latter three also having qualified for the women's 25m pistol trials, the first of the eight finals on the roster, slated for April 20.

That will be followed by the men's 25m Rapid-Fire Pistol (RFP) T1 final. The second trial match for both these events concludes on April 22.

The men's and women's 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) event follows next with the T1 finals scheduled on April 24. The 3P concludes with the T2 finals on April 26.

The first 10m Air Rifle and Air Pistol men's and women's finals take place on April 25, while they also conclude the OST on April 27, with their T2 finals scheduled one after the other.



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