Young double-trap shooter Shapath Bharadwaj has qualified for the ISSF World Cup Finals to be held in New Delhi from 23rd-30th October 2017. 15-year old Shapath is the youngest member in the list of players issued by International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) who will take part in the event.
The players were chosen on the basis of their performance in the series of World Cups that started from February 2017. The title defenders, the 2016 Rifle and Pistol Olympic Champions and the 2017 Shotgun World Championship medalists will meet the top athletes selected through this year’s ISSF World Cup Stages in New Delhi (India), Acapulco (Mexico), Larnaka (Cyprus), Munich (Germany) and Gabala (Azerbaijan).
Shapath Bharadwaj is among the top 10 Indian athlete of rifle, pistol and shotgun who will compete in the event. The budding shooter has won individual bronze in ISSF Junior World Cup held in Italy in August 2017 and thereafter bagged gold medal in team in ISSF World Shotgun Championship held in Moscow in September 2017. (https://www.sportsavour.com/shapath-bharadwaj-wins-bronze-issf-junior-shotgun-world-cup-italy/) Shapath has also been chosen for the prestigious Target Olympic Podium (TOP) along with 45 elite athletes of India.
Ankur Mittal and Sangram Dahiya are the other players of shotgun whose name has been figured in the list. The other members are ace pistol and rifle shooters Jitu Rai, Kumar Ravi, Amanpreet Singh, Pooja Ghatkar, Deepak Kumr, Meghna Sajjanhar and Heena Siddhu.
Shapath’s mentor and former World No 1 double-trap shooter Ronjon Sondhi said, “His achievement is commendable. A 15-year old player qualifying for World Cup final is really commendable.” (https://www.sportsavour.com/sensational-shapath-bharadwaj/)