The championship will begin on October 13 in Cairo, Egypt.

The 2022 ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Shooting Championships will begin on October 13 in Cairo, Egypt. The junior competition takes place first, followed by the senior competition. The World Shotgun Championships recently took place in Osijek. The World Championship is India’s first major competition since the Tokyo Olympics. They could not win a medal despite their consistency in other international games.

The Indian team took on a whole new appearance following this heartbreaking setback. Institutional changes have also occurred, such as the introduction of new coaches and a significant decrease in the participation of Indian shooters in ISSF World Cups, which they once dominated. These competitions are however less competitive than the Olympic Games.

Gateway to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Notably, this event marks the start of the current Olympic cycle, with quota available for the Paris 2024 Games. There are 32 direct Olympic quota tickets available for each of the eight individual Olympic sports. Each event has four quota places, with each country receiving a maximum of two Olympic spots. India won a ticket in the trap after Bhowneesh Mendiratta finished fourth in the world shotgun championships.

Speaking of the 2022 ISSF World Championships in Cairo, India will have a 48-member squad in both senior and junior disciplines. The absence of many veterans like Deepak Kumar and Abhishek Verma will be something that will worry Indian fans. All eyes are on the young talents as well as some experienced Indian shooters who could shine at the world championships in Cairo.

So, let’s take a look at some of the Indian shooters to watch at this year’s World Shooting Championship in Cairo, Egypt:

5. Vijay Kumar

37-year-old Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar will compete in his most important competition since the London Olympics. According to PTI, he had a five-year hiatus from competitive shooting due to a recurring shoulder problem before returning to the sport last year. After leaving the military, he is currently Deputy Chief of Police at the Himachal Pradesh Police Headquarters in Shimla. Additionally, Vijay Kumar will compete in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol with Anish and Vijayveer Sindhu at the ISSF World Championships and is a strong medal contender.

4. Arjun Babuta

Arjun Babuta, a 23-year-old rifle shooter, has had an outstanding senior season after proving himself in junior-level shooting competitions. Additionally, he won individual and team gold at the Changwon World Cup in the 10m air rifle. He beat Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Lucas Kozeniesky.

This youngster has too many expectations on his shoulders given his talent. The talented 23-year-old will compete in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle. With him, Kiran Jadhav and Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil at the ISSF World Shooting Championship 2022.

3. Anjum Mudgil

Anjum Moudgil, currently world No. 7 in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position, hailing from Chandigarh, recently competed at the Gujarat National Games while preparing to excel at the World Championships which begin on October 13. This season, the 28-year-old Chandigarh shooter has been in fantastic form, putting the Tokyo Olympics debacle behind him. After winning silver and bronze at the World Cup, she is now ranked 7th in the world and has the best chance of winning a medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Position event with Sift Kaur Samra and Ashi Chouksey at the 2022 ISS World Shooting Championships.

2. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar

The 21-year-old shooter from Madhya Pradesh has already made a name for himself internationally. The Indian star shooter won gold at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in July 2022 in the 3-position rifle 50m event. The 21-year-old Indian shooter showed his class as he beat Hungary’s 2018 Youth Olympic gold medalist Zalan Peklar 16-12 to win the championship.

The gold medal won by the shooter from Madhya Pradesh was India’s fourth in the competition. After his magnificent performance at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, his eyes are now definitely on the gold medal of the ISSF World Championship. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar will compete this year in the 3 position rifle 50m event with Swapnil Kusale and Niraj Kumar.

1. Manu Bhaker

Indian shooting ace Manu Bhaker, who often competes in the 10m and 25m pistol events, will be one of the players to watch at this year’s World Shooting Championships. Manu Bhaker had a decent run at Tokyo 2020 for India finishing 7the ranking in the 10m air pistol mixed team events. She also got 12e rank in the women’s individual 10m air pistol event. Although Manu Bhaker failed to medal for his country, his eyes will be on that World Championship podium.

Manu Bhaker will represent India in the 25m sport pistol along with Rhythm Sangwan and Abhidnya Ashok Patil.

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