NEW DELHI: The fate of the shooting
National Championships for 2020 continues to hang in the balance, with the National Rifle Association of India
) deciding to first ask its affiliated units to conduct State Championships and then follow the zonal route to offer shooters a chance to qualify for the Nationals, which are not likely to happen in the current calendar year.
At its Governing Body meeting on October 22, the NRAI has decided to ask the state associations to submit a schedule to hold their State Championships. Timesofindia.com has learnt that the states will have to complete their respective championships not later than February 28, 2021. This essentially means that the National Championships for all intents and purposes will be moved to 2021.
Once the state bodies have decided on the dates of their respective tournaments, the NRAI will then look at scheduling the Zonal and National Championships.
It has also been learnt that the other two pre-national qualifying events — GV Mavalankar Shooting Championships and Kumar Surendra Singh Shooting Championships — will in all probability be cancelled for this season, which will leave shooters with only one tournament (Zonal Championships) from where they can qualify for the Nationals. The NRAI, though, is yet to make that formal announcement.
“We’ll write to all the state associations and ask for their schedules, when they are going to have their State Championships, and then find out when the Zonal Championships can be held. The secretaries of the zones will discuss and give us a schedule,” the NRAI secretary general, DVS Rao, told Timesofindia.com.
“After that, (we will decide) whether we should hold the Mavalankar (tournament) or just on the basis of these zonals we will hold the Nationals (including shooters who qualify through the zones).”
Rao also said the NRAI will offer the state units all the help they need.
“It’s up to the states. If they need any help, we have to give it to them, bring them around,” he added.
It was earlier reported that shooters who qualified for the Nationals last year will play this year as well in the situation of a washed-out domestic circuit.
“That was discussed, but many people were not for it, because then we lose this year’s crop (of new shooters),” Rao further said.