Top marks­men for Na­tional shoot­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPORT - HTC/ Agen­cies

NEW DELHI: Al­most all the top shoot­ers, in­clud­ing Bei­jing Olympic Games gold-medal­list Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra and Lon­don Games sil­ver-medal­list Vi­jay Ku­mar, will be seen in ac­tion at the Se­nior Na­tion­als, which will com­mence at the Karni Singh Ranges on Wed­nes­day.

The shoot­ers who have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in­clude Bin­dra, Ga­gan Narang, Vi­jay Ku­mar, Manavjit Singh, Ron­jan Sodhi, RVS Rathore, Joydeep Kar­makar, Sanjeev Ra­jput, An­jali Bhag­wat, Suma Shirur, Heena Sidhu and Mampi Das among oth­ers.

About 2300 shoot­ers from 41 af­fil­i­ated state as­so­ci­a­tions and units have con­firmed their en­tries, which is a record. “The num­ber has also been boosted by the fact that, "It is com­pul­sory for all the top marks­men to par­tic­i­pate as the scores in the Na­tion­als will have a huge bear­ing on the se­lec­tion of teams next year," said Deep Bha­tia, the Haryana State Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary-gen­eral. OF­FI­CIALS BARRED NEW DELHI: Tak­ing a cue from the in­ter­na­tional box­ing fed­er­a­tion, AIBA, which had barred In­dian of­fi­cials from ac­com­pa­ny­ing the team of ju­nior pugilists for an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia (OCA) has barred IOA of­fi­cials from par­tic­i­pat­ing in OCA events. It has, how­ever, made an ex­cep­tion by al­low­ing In­dian ath­letes to com­pete in OCA games --such as the 2014 Asian Games in at In­cheon (South Korea) — un­der the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) flag. AIFF AND SPORTS CODE The Delhi High Court Tues­day di­rected the All In­dia Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (AIFF) to fol­low the sports code of the government of In­dia for its next elec­tions, sched­uled for Dec 20 this year. A di­vi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice D. Mu­ruge­san and Jus­tice Ra­jiv Sa­hai End­law said elec­tions of AIFF this year must be con­ducted as per the sports code of the government. The court said if it does not fol­low code, sports min­istry can take ac­tion to de-recog­nise it. IAAF BACKS AFI Fol­low­ing the sports min­istry's warn­ing to de-recog­nise the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia, the in­ter­na­tional body, IAAF has come out in sup­port of the In­dian fed­er­a­tion, say­ing that it "con­tin­ues to recog­nise the cur­rent of­fice-bear­ers of the AFI". The min­istry had an­nulled the AFI elec­tions and had asked the fed­er­a­tion to hold fresh polls within 60 days.

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