Shooting federation makes major change to Paris Olympics selection policy

India’s selection policy for the Paris Olympics, for rifle and pistol shooters, has been adjusted to give more weightage to international performances and increase bonus points for quota winners in firearms events.

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Paris Olympics quota winners in the rifle post 3, and 25m pistol events will now receive two bonus points from one earlier. In air rifle and air pistol events, where points will be counted in decimals, the quota will continue as one bonus point.

According to the policy approved in October last year, shooters for the Paris Olympics will be selected based on their performance in a series of four domestic trials. However, it was felt that the home ratings of shooters were given more weightage in the eligibility criterion for participation in the trials.

Therefore, the National Rifle Association of India’s general counsel in its meeting on Wednesday amended the selection criteria.

The revised policy puts more pressure on the ISSF Quality Ranking for the Paris Olympics as eligibility criteria for these trials. In addition, all quota holders and deemed quota holders — who would have won a quota if India had not sealed the two points — would be directly eligible to participate.

Another important amendment is the points awarded for the finals which will be added when calculating the average. Earlier, the points would have come into play except for a tie between two shooters.

The four selection trials are likely to be held between April and May. A minimum of four shooters in each event will qualify for the trials. A shooter must participate in a minimum of three trials to be considered for selection. A final average score will be calculated based on the team selected for the Paris Olympics.

India has won 13 quota places (11 in rifle and pistol events). There will be two more qualifying events for the Olympic Games in Paris.

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