Live watch, ISSF World Cup, New Delhi: Anish Bhanwala aims for Tokyo berth; focus on Pak shooter too

The first combined ISSF World Cup of 2021 will be an opportunity for 25m men’s pistol shooters to earn ranking points for Tokyo. Watch the ISSF World Cup live!

By Rahul Venkat

As many as 57 Indian shooters will be seen in action at the first ISSF World Cup of 2021, which begins at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi on Thursday.

The ISSF World Cup will offer Olympic ranking points for rifle and pistol shooters, and youngster Anish Bhanwala will be hoping to earn enough to earn a ticket to Tokyo 2020.

Skeet shooter Usman Chand, the lone shooter from Pakistan at the ISSF World Cup, will also be looking to make the most of his opportunity after being given a visa to travel only last week.

The 18-year-old Anish Bhanwala, a 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, is currently ranked 12th in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol rankings and can boost his chances of a maiden Games appearance if he clinches gold.

The ISSF World Cup in New Delhi will be the first international event of 2021 for 13 of 15 Indian shooters who have already won a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics.

Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan, the top-ranked shooters in the 10m Air Rifle men’s and women’s, respectively, are in the Indian squad for the ISSF World Cup.

The tournament will also serve as good preparation for other medal favourites Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma.

Skeet shooters Angad Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who won a team bronze at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Cairo last month will be looking for better performance in the individual events this time around.

China, Japan and Germany, among others, have decided to give the event a miss while the England and Brazil shooting squad will be raring to go after serving a mandatory one-week period of hard quarantine in New Delhi.

Where to watch the ISSF World Cup live in India?

Fans in India can watch live streaming of the ISSF World Cup on the ISSF YouTube channel and the ISSF Facebook page. A live stream is also available on ISSF’s Vimeo page.

Only the finals of each event will be streamed live.

ISSF World Cup 2021: Schedule and India start times

All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

Friday, March 19

10m Air Rifle Men – 1:45 PM IST

10m Air Rifle Women – 3:45 PM IST

Saturday, March 20

Skeet Men – 9:00 AM IST

10m Air Rifle Men Final – 1:00 PM IST

10m Air Rifle Women Final – 2:30 PM IST

10m Air Pistol (Men and Women) – 2:45 PM IST

10m Air Pistol Women Final – 5:30 PM IST

10m Air Pistol Men Final – 7:00 PM IST

Sunday, March 21

10m Air Rifle Team (Men and Women) – 8:45 AM IST

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team – 3:00 PM IST

Monday, March 22

Skeet Team (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final - 10:00 AM IST

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Stage 1 - 10:30 AM IST

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Stage 2 - 11:45 AM IST

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Final - 1:15 PM IST

Skeet Team Women Final - 3:45 PM IST

Skeet Team Men Final - 5:00 PM IST

Tuesday, March 23

Skeet Mixed Team - 9:00 AM IST

25m Pistol Women Precision Stage - 12:00 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men - 12:15 PM IST

Skeet Mixed Team Final - 3:00 PM IST

Wednesday, March 24

25m Pistol Women Rapid Fire Stage - 9:00 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Final - 9:30 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Women - 11:15 AM IST

25m Pistol Women Final - 12:00 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Men Stage 1 - 3:00 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Final - 3:30 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Men Stage 2 - 4:30 PM IST

Thursday, March 25

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 1 - 9:00 AM IST

Trap (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

Trap Team (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Women Stage 1 - 9:30 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Men Final - 11:00 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Women Stage 2 - 11:00 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Women Final - 12:45 PM IST

25m Pistol Team Women - 1:00 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Mixed Team Stage 1 - 3:15 PM IST

25m Pistol Team Women Final - 4:30 PM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Mixed Team Stage 2 - 4:45 PM IST

Friday, March 26

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Stage 2 - 9:00 AM IST

Trap (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

Trap Team (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

50m Rifle 3 Positions Mixed Team Final - 9:30 AM IST

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Final - 12:45 PM IST

Trap Women Final - 3:45 PM IST

Trap Men Final - 5:00 PM IST

Saturday, March 27

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Mixed Team - 9:00 AM IST

Trap Mixed Team - 9:00 AM IST

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Mixed Team Final - 2:00 PM IST

Trap Mixed Team Final - 4:00 PM IST

Saturday, March 28

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Team Men - 9:00 AM IST

Trap Team (Men and Women) - 9:00 AM IST

25m Rapid Fire Pistol Team Men Final - 1:00 PM IST

Trap Team Women Final - 4:00 PM IST

Trap Team Men Final - 5:15 PM IST