Woman air pistol shooter Heena Sidhu's name has been proposed as a replacement for the Olympic quota place won by Imran Hasan Khan in men's 50-metre rifle 3-position event, by the national selectors, who met on Sunday to decide the 11 shooting entries for the London Games.
Since Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput had already secured the two spots available for India in the men's rifle 3-position event, it was decided to exchange the superfluous quota place won in the Asian championship in Doha, for an entry for the 22-year-old Heena who had missed the Olympic quota on the last shot by 0.9 point in the same championship last month.
While nine of the other 10 shooters retained their Olympic quota Joydeep Karmakar was given the men's rifle prone berth in place of Hariom Singh who had won the quota place by finishing sixth in the World Championship in 2010.
Gagan Narang will be the second shooter in men's rifle prone event for India in the London Games, and will be competing in three events in all, though he had won the quota place only in air rifle.
There was a bit of heart burn for a star of the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Anisa Sayyed, as the NRAI amended the selection policy weeks before the finalisation of names, giving more weightage for the ones winning the Olympic quota place.
The 21-year-old Rahi Sarnobat had performed brilliantly after shooting 582 in qualification with a breathtaking fare in the final when all her shots fetched her 10s for an impressive total of 207.7, that catapulted her to the bronze medal in women's sport pistol in the World Cup in Fort Benning last year.
Anisa Sayyed had shot 587 in the same event but was below par in the final in missing out on the quota place.