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Vijay, Narang and Bindra to compete in shooting nationals

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Also vying for medals in their respective events will be Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Athens Olympic silver medallist R V S Rathore, double trap ace Ronjan Sodhi and Joydeep Karmakar among others.

The women's field will see veteran Anjali Bhagwat, Suma Shirur, Heena Sidhu and Mampi Das, among others, competing for the top prize at the Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.

The 12-day event, which will conclude on December 30, will be organised by the Haryana State Rifle Association.

A record 2300 shooters from 41 affiliated state rifle associations/units have confirmed their entries.

In the run-up to the tournament, there had been apprehension about the state of the range, which was renovated at a huge cost ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia said everything thing has been set in place.

"It is starting tomorrow, and the range is ready to host the tournament," Bhatia told.


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