Chance to earn more quota places for Indian shooters

Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Manavjit Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Anjali Bhagwat will be among the 78 Indian shooters vying for Olympic quota places when they compete in the Asian Shooting Championship, starting next month in Doha.

While Manavjit and Mansher will be trying their luck in trap, Bhagwat will look to earn a place in women`s air rifle.

Besides the National Rifle Association of India is also sending 28 juniors to the event, which is conducted only once in four years and where 35 quota places for the London Games will be up for grabs.

Athens Olympics silver medallist, RVS Rathore will be looking for a quota Place in double trap event as Ronjan Sodhi has already won his.

Nine Indian shooters, including Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and multiple Commonwealth Games gold winner Gangan Narang, have already booked their places at the London Games.

Besides Manavjit, Mansher and Anjali, some of the shooters who will be looking to earn quota places in Doha are Omkar Singh (free/air pistol), Pemba Tamang (rapid fire pistol), Om Prakash (air pistol men),Tejaswini Sawant (3P Women), Heena Sidhu and Shweta Chaudhary (both air pistol women), Man Singh (skeet) and Arti Singh (skeet women).