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Lot of expectations on the strong Indian team

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There will be plenty of action on the opening day of the Asian shooting championships here on Tuesday.

There will be a lot of expectations on the strong Indian team to add to the nine Olympic quota places won so far as it will be the chance to book berths for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Air rifle finals for men and women will be conducted on the opening day, apart from women’s air pistol finals.

India has won the maximum possible share of two Olympic quota each in women’s air rifle and air pistol. In men’s air rifle, India can win one more Olympic quota, and that will be the major point of interest on the opening day.

There will also be mixed trap junior event on the first day to keep the juniors engaged.

The preliminary rounds will be shot in men’s and women’s trap, apart from the first stage in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. India has been anxiously seeking to secure Olympic quota in these three events and thus it should be interesting to see how well the shooters place themselves on the first day to stay in the race for final berths on the second day.

Having topped the medals table in all the four World Cups this season in rifle and pistol in Delhi, Beijing, Munich and Rio de Janeiro, Indian shooters will be keen to close the season a bright note so as to launch their Olympic campaign on a strong note in 2020.

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