Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:08:15 GMT

Selectors didn't have faith in Rathore: NRAI president

National Rifle Association of India justified the decision to exclude Rajyavardhan Singh from the squad for the London Games.

Selectors didn't have faith in Rathore: NRAI president

"We have to decide on the basis of who can win medals in which event. This is a measurable sport, there is very little left to selectors. The selection is not an in-house procedure done by the NRAI. We requested two government observers," Singh told reporters here.

"Rathore's final score of 128 didn't inspire confidence in the selectors. The bias must be dispelled. We have been as transparent as humanely possible. We will do not deny merit. Merit has to be the sole criteria in a measurable sport," he said.

The NRAI president, however, said that this is not the end of road for Rathore.

"In Rathore's case, we do no think, in any way, this is the end of his career. It is time for him to take stock and go further," he said.

Rathore was dropped from the squad last month while rifle man Joydeep Karmakar and young pistol shooter Heena Sidhu made the cut at the expense of Hariom Singh and Imran Hasan Khan, who were the only two shooters to be dropped despite booking Olympic quotas.