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Munich: Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra will lead the 25-member Indian shooting contingent, comprising of 17 shooters and eight officials, in the third leg of the International Shooting Sport Federation ( ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol), to be held here at the Olympic Shooting Range from May 19 to May 26. A total of 738 shooters from 88 countries are expected to participate in the tournament.

In the two Rifle/Pistol Word Cups held so far in 2016, India has secured one Gold medal in the form of Jitu Rai’s top effort in Bangkok earlier this year. Jitu, a 28-year old army marksman, not only won the Men’s 50M Pistol Gold in Bangkok but also reached the world number one ranking post the effort.

With just three months left to the Rio Games, all Indian eyes will be on the Shooters selected for the Olympic squad and will give fans a good sense of their preparations going into the Games. Apart from Abhinav and Jitu the other shooters in the World Cup team who will also be heading to Rio include the likes of Gagan Narang, Chain Singh, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul in Rifle as well as Gurpreet Singh, P.N.Prakash and Heena Sidhu in the Pistol events.

The sport of shooting have secured a record 12 quota berths for the Rio Olympics which is their highest ever.

A fourth and final World Cup stage will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan next month, which will be the last international event for the Shooters before the Olympics.