Delhi government’s sports department has ordered retrials for shooting — to select the Delhi team for the upcoming 65th National School Games — after some of Delhi’s promising shooters protested against the Delhi government’s sports department and the School Games Federation of India (SGFI), alleging that the trials were “rigged”.
The three day trials were conducted from October 18-20 at a makeshift shooting range at the “School of Excellence” in Delhi’s Kalkaji area under the aegis of the state government’s Directorate of Education (Sports).
Some of the shooters who participated in the trials alleged that the organisers did not do the scoring properly and in some cases also “manipulated” the scores to favour children of some of the members of the organising committee (OC). Since the competition was held on paper targets, the scores were counted manually.
Around 150 shooters from Delhi schools participated in the trials.
As per the earlier circular issued by the sports department, in case of dispute, a protest can be lodged by the player with applicable fee of rs. 500 within one hour of the match. But in this case, the results of the trials were held back for three days and were only disclosed to the shooters on Monday.
The retrials will now be conducted at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range on Monday.
The Delhi government circular dated 25/10/19 stated that the shooting trials held earlier in U-14,17 & 19 years (Boys & Girls) hereby stands cancelled and a fresh trial of the above event in all the age categories will be conducted on 28th October 2019 from 8:00 AM onwards at Dr. karni Singh Shooting Range, Tughlakabad, New Delhi.
The circular also stated that the final results will be declared on the spot.