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BANGALORE, Nov. 10. Consistency remains a missing link in Indian shooting. And consistency will be the key target when more than 750 shooters take aim in the National shooting Championship which commences at the J.N. Radhakrishna Memorial Shooting Complex in the SAI Campus here on Monday.

The recent past has been a mixed bag. An excellent show at the Commonwealth Games in Bisley — 14 golds, seven silvers and three bronze medals — was followed by a slump — two silvers— in the Asian Games at Busan. The fluctuating performance graph needs to be arrested and the next twelve days will give a hint at what the future holds in store for Indian shooting.

The Nation's ace shooters including Jaspal Rana, Anjali Vedpathak Bhagat and Suma Shirur will figure in the championship which features the small bore rifle and pistol events. The events will be held at the 50m and 25m ranges besides the 10m indoor range.

In the last National shooting championship at Indore, Services and Delhi held sway and the two teams are expected to extend their dominance in the latest edition. Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern States will be missing while the rest have confirmed participation.

The host Karnataka aims to improve on its last year's performance where it won five golds. Prakash will lead the host's challenge. "We conducted this championship previously here in 1999 and our performance then was nothing to write home about but this time we hope to have an improved display. Our shooters have been practising hard and the results should show in their efforts,'' said Mr. B.M.G. Krishna, Administrative Officer, Karnataka State Rifle Association.

The championship will be inaugurated here on Monday morning followed by practise sessions that will be continued on Tuesday. The competitive events will commence on Wednesday. Jagdale Industries Ltd. will sponsor the event which is organised by the Karnataka State Rifle Association.

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