New Delhi, Feb 21:
India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will further boost the country’s profile as a global shooting destination.
The National Rifle Association of India’s (NRAI) bid was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Executive Board in its meeting held in New Delhi.
Combined World Cup comprises all the three categories — shotgun, rifle and pistol –, and at stake in the 2019 edition will be a number of quota places for the Tokyo Games.
The tournament will be one of the last few events heading into the quadrennial extravaganza in the Japanese capital.
“Yes, India has been awarded the hosting rights of the 2019 Combined World Cup by the ISSF Executive Board. The decision to allot India the top tournament was unanimous,” a well-placed NRAI source said.
ISSF delegates are in the city for the season’s first World Cup, to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range from February 22 to March 4, and are holding its executive committee and administrative council meetings. (PTI)