New Delhi: Ace Indian shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was on Tuesday ruled out of the Indian shooting squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games after he did not turn up for the selection trials held in Pune.
The Athens Olympics silver medalist stands
disqualified for selection after missing the trials.
It was not known why Rathore missed the trials, appearing
in which was necessary to be considered for selection.
Leading shooters like Beijing Olympic gold medallist
Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang, who has already booked a
berth in the 2012 London Olympics, had all appeared in the
three-day trials in Pune.
The national selection meeting will be held here tomorrow
and Rathore, a double trap shooter, is sure to miss the cut.
"Since he did not turn up at the trials, he stands
disqualified for selection. He has not spoken to us why he
missed it," National Rifle Association of India secretary
Rajeev Bhatia told reporters.
The NRAI had made it clear that only those shooters will
be considered for selection who will appear in trials.
National coach Sunny Thomas said it was important for
Rathore to put up a good show at trials since his average
score in international event was not good enough.
"I also don`t know why he did not come. His scores since
February were not good and it was important for him to do well
at trials and be eligible for selection," Thomas said.
Rathore, meanwhile, wrote on his twitter page about his
missing the trails but did not give the reason.
"I am not taking part in trials, however my full support
to team India," he tweeted in response to a good luck message.