Stung by the criticism of its selection policies, the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) has revamped the criteria, agreeing to consider international scores of shooters in some cases.
Insisting that the revamped policies will have no bearing on the teams selected before March 13, the NRAI said the changed criteria will cover selection of the teams till the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Only 12 top marksmen would be eligible for the national shooting team.
“The selection process would start with effect from the National Shooting Championship (NSC) of a particular year by identifying the top 12 shooters who would be eligible for selection for the National Shooting Team.
“The scores shot by shooters at the NSC are the mandatory base score. Based on various parameters being followed, categorization of shooting teams shall be in three broad categories — NET (National Excellence Team), NAT (National ’A’ Team) and NBT (National ‘B’ Team),” the NRAI said in a statement.
The Federation said two to three trials would be held every year and the first would be mandatory for all.
“Under normal circumstances, there would be two selection trials, but in the year where there are late ISSF competitions, there could be a third selection trial.