Vijay Kumar fails rapid test for Asiad
Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar missed out on a berth in his pet event
New Delhi: Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar missed out on a berth in his pet event the rapid fire pistol for the upcoming Asian Games but is still part of the strong 43 members squad, which will be spearheaded by shooting ace Abhinav Bindra.
The selection committee of the National Rifle Association of India picked the team during a meeting at its headquarters here. “His (Vijay’s) scores haven’t been good enough in recent times and as you all know, as per our selection policy, only the last six scores are taken into account while deciding on a shooter,” an NRAI official said.
Beijing Olympic gold medallist Bindra, who has just won the top prize at the Commonwealth Games, will, as usual, represent India in 10 metre air rifle alongside Sanjeev Rajput and Ravi Kumar.Like it was with the CWG squad, multiple medallist Gagan Narang will not be part of the 10 metre air rifle team, but will compete in rifle prone (Joydeep Karmakar and Hariom Singh being the other two members) and rifle three position (Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh).
London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar will be part of the centre fire pistol team alongside Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh. Vijay failed to qualify for the finals of rapid fire pistol at the just-concluded Glasgow CWG.
Trap will be taken care of by Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Kynan Chenai while double trap event will have Ankur Mittal, Mohd Asab and Sangram Dahiya. In form world number one Jitu Rai will compete in free pistol and will have Om Prakash and Omkar Singh for company.
( Source : PTI )