KARACHI: Pakistan’s sole shooting representative at the 2012 London Olympics will be decided after a series of trials in the skeet event, according to the National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP).
Following a wild-card by the International Shooting Sport Federation, London will mark the fourth consecutive Olympics where Pakistan shooters will be taking part.
“We are happy to receive the wild-card,” NRAP President Razi Ahmed Khan told The Express Tribune. “Olympics is a huge event and our shooter’s presence in it will be a huge motivation for all of us.”
Khan confirmed that the shooter will be selected through trials.
“I’ve just received confirmation so we’ll prepare a series of trials through which our representative will be selected.”
Pakistan have four shooters who have Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) in skeet, according to the NRAP chief, and are eligible for the Olympics. The shooters include three-time Olympian Khurram Inam, Ahmed Sultan, Amin Karamat and Abdul Sattar.
“These four shooters will be up against each other in the trials,” said the official before ruling out hopes for a medal. “Our shooters are quite a long way behind the world’s top shooters. The Olympics standards are very high and I don’t think we can win a medal. We will target a place in the top-ten which will be a huge achievement for us. But I can say with confidence that our shooter will perform better than our other wild-cards entrants.”
So far, Pakistan have qualified for the Olympics in just hockey with the Pakistan Olympics Association confirming wild-cards in swimming and athletics.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.
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