Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang among 27 Indian shooters named for Commonwealth Games

Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 12:26 IST | PTI

Top Indian shooters Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang and Apurvi Chandela were yesterday named in the country's 27-member squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia

Jitu Rai
Jitu Rai

Top Indian shooters Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang and Apurvi Chandela were yesterday named in the country's 27-member squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced the full quota of 27 shooters (25 men and 12 women) after the Organising Committee of the Games reduced the country quotas across sports. India had fielded 30 shooters in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bagged 17 medals (4 Gold, 9 Silver, 4 Bronze).

Though most of the disciplines will be held in Gold Coast, shooting will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane from April 8 to 14. Besides Rai and Narang, other top shooters among men include Sanjeev Rajput, Manvjit Singh Sandhu and Mohammed Asab.

In the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Rai had won a gold in the men's 50m pistol event while Narang had bagged a silver and a bronze in the 50m rifle prone and 50m rifle 3 position events. Among women, experienced Heena Sidhu, promising youngsters Mehuli Ghosh and Manu Bhakar have also been named along with Chandela. Chandel had won a gold in women's 10m Air Rifle event in Glasgow.

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