There can never be a perfect formula for choosing a winning team. It becomes more difficult for the Olympics.
However, the NRAI almost finished the best possible team for the Tokyo Games two weeks ago. But before the chosen names were sealed, the Tokyo Games were postponed for a year.
The shooting was the best medal bet in India over the last four Olympic Games. Last year was an exceptional game for Indian shooters, with three shooters ranked first in the world. India also impressed with its victory in 15 places for Tokyo, its best moments. With 21 golds, six silvers and three bronzes, India ranked first in archery in the ISSF ranking last year. For most holders of other Olympic sports, delaying means another year of training. For shooters, who earn the quota place for the country and not for themselves, an additional 365 days of uncertainty, insecurity and possibly excessive training.
NRAI will have a hand in hand. They have to choose the perfect team for the 2021 games without compromising the safety of the archers.
The federation can have two options: go ahead and announce the team based on the tests taken over the past 15 months, or continue testing for another year and wait to find the best archers right before the games.
NRAI has not yet shared her plan with archers. Repeated attempts to obtain the views of the President of the Federation on the subject were futile.
Whatever the NRAI option, it will not be the same.
If they decide to go ahead with the first scenario, which is to select the team based on previous tests, they will have no control if the shooters run out of shape before the actual games.
If they continue to test for another year, this means 27 months of continuous testing and the possibility of archers burning.
Apurvi Chandela, who won the stakes in 2018, said he would keep shooters on hold by not announcing that the team would put too much pressure on them. "I feel that if the team is announced now, shooters can focus on the Olympic Games and train with only positive pressure," Apurvi told TOI.
"I agree that the current model is important, and to ensure that the chosen shooters are in good condition before the games, the federation can check the archers' performance, for example in December or January, if they do not find that." The performance of the archers is satisfactory, you can replace it with the following lead-in Arrangement. They will have time. "
Abhishek Verma, who got the stake in the 10-meter pistol, also echoed, thinking about Apurvi. "In the past two years, prospects have won medals at most major events. There is nothing else they can prove next year," said Verma.
Gagan Narang, former world bronze medalist and former London games, while supporting Apurvi and Abhishek reviews, feels that well-chosen archers should be watched and a set of reserve archers should be ready. "The main challenge is to always be able to choose the best" suitable "shooting game within a year in the hope that it will peak at the right time. We can only hope that the system will provide a fair opportunity for the best shooter to be the determinant."
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