Delhi World Cup a test event before Tokyo Olympics: Sanjeev Rajput

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Seasoned Indian rifleman Sanjeev Rajput on Thursday said the Delhi World Cup could act as a perfect testing ground for shooters before the Tokyo Olympics
as they return to top-flight competition after more than a year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Barring those in shotgun, Indian shooters' last international appearance was the season-ending ISSF World Cup Finals in Putian, China, from where they returned with an impressive medal haul. Just as they looked to continue their dominant run, the pandemic broke out and disrupted normal life last March.

Having run out of ideas and patience after taking aim in his basement, bedroom and hall, Rajput was one of the first shooters to have resumed outdoor training, albeit in an empty 50m range, last summer.

"This World Cup is significant in the sense that it could act as a test event for the shooters before the Olympics," Rajput told PTI on the eve of the tournament, to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Range.

"One can also call it a kind of a dress rehearsal before the Games. This is also going to offer quotas based on rankings and the shooters who are yet to secure quotas will definitely look forward to clinching them here," the ace marksman added.

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