Shooting trials conducted as per rules: Government observer

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 22:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The Asian Games trials for selecting the air pistol candidate, in which Indian shooter
Shweta Chaudhury was given an extra day to shoot by national
coach Sunny Thomas, was conducted in a fair manner, government
observer Murad Ali said on Monday.

Ali, who filed a report to the government in this regard
today, didn`t divulge details but said that the trial was
conducted "as per ISSF rules".

"I have had discussion with the coach and I`m convinced
that the decision was taken as per rules and there is nothing
to be done now," Ali said.

During trials at the Balewadi Shooting Range in Pune for
selecting the air pistol candidate for Asian Games, Chaudhury,
in violation of the ISSF rules, was allowed to shoot 20 shots
after a day`s break because of weapon breakage.

That did not go down well with the National Rifle
Association of India (NRAI), who promptly asked for an
explanation from Thomas, but Ali said that the federation
wanted to know what had transpired in the trial and did not
ask for any explanation from the coach.

NRAI acting president Avtar Singh Sethi, when contacted,
said that the federation will "act according to the observer`s
report".

PTI

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