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Rio de Janeiro Shooting World Cup 2016: Full Indian squad for the Olympics to be in action in the 10-day event

15 Apr 2016, 10:34 IST
Manavjit Singh Sandhu will be in action on the first day

The second ISSF World Cup of the year will commence in the Brazilian capital of Rio De Janerio from Friday. All 12 Indian shooters, who have qualified for The Olympics will be in action over the course of the next 10 days as they look to further fine tune their game with less than 4 months eft for the quadrennial event.

The opening day will see the Men’s Trap event kick start the competition and Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who was drafted into the side for the Games ahead of Sanjeev Rajput and Kynan Chenai will be in action. Zoravar Singh Sandhu will complete the trio in the Trap for India.

The second day promises to be a keenly-contested one, with the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event and the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event scheduled for the day. As amny as 5 Indians will be seen in action in both these events, as the likes of Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul, Jitu Rai look to further gain confidence. 

Heena Sidhu will be seen on Sunday in the 10m Air Pistol event and the Men’s Trap Final is also scheduled to take place that day.

Monday will see former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and 2012 bronze medalist Gagan Narang take to the range in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle while Tuesday will see the 50m Air Pistol even and another opportunity for the likes of Rai to win his second straight Gold.

On Thursday, Narang will be back in the range in the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone event and event will be concluded by the skeet event on Sunday.

It promises to be a cracking 10 days of action and it would also serve as a testing event for the organisers, who will be looking to put their best foot forward and project the facilities on offer in the best light possible ahead of the marqee event in August.

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