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Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar unlikely to be picked for Asian Games

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 5:20am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Olympic silver medallist urges shooting body to ignore his CWG scores as he wasn't fit then and pick him for Asiad in 25m rapid fire pistol event

London Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar has urged authorities to consider him for upcoming Asian Games despite his poor scores in the recent CommonWealth Games.

The shooter has urged the National Rifle Federation of India (NRAI) to ignore his poor scores in Glasgow CWG and consider him for participation in his favourite 25-metre rapid fire pistol in the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, next month.

dna has learnt that Kumar recently wrote to NRAI that he failed to give his best in Glasgow recently because of the cervical problem and, hence, his scores should not be taken into account while selecting the team for Asiad. However NRAI, it seems, is not ready to accept his explanation.

"If he would have informed NRAI before the Glasgow event that he is suffering from a cervical problem then there could have been some concession on his request. But given the situation, it would be very difficult for us to include him in the Asian Games squad in his pet event," said a senior NRAI official on Wednesday.

This means that in Incheon, Kumar will be part of the centre fire pistol team alongside Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh. Kumar had failed to qualify for the finals of rapid fire pistol in Glasgow after finishing seventh in the qualifying round.

However, Kumar has not given up hope and has again urged NRAI to reconsider his 'genuine demand'.

Kumar has written in his letter that he was feeling pain in his neck while going through the rigorous training sessions before the CWG. It deteriorated into a severe cervical problem. He has added that he has still not recovered from this problem and is undergoing treatment.

Kumar, who turned 29 on Tuesday (August 19), has been battling with a recurring problem. He had sustained a shoulder injury a couple of months prior to the multi-sport extravaganza in London two years ago. For him, the routine now goes like competition, rehabilitation followed by competition again.

"I have a muscle break on my neck and that is causing some problems," Kumar told dna on his arrival from Glasgow a few days back.

However, he is keen to win a medal for his country and that can only be possible if he takes part in his favourite event, 25-metre rapid fire pistol.

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