Khalil Akhtar Becomes First Pakistani to Qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Pakistani shooter Muhammad Khalil Akhtar becomes the first Pakistani to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NARP) confirmed.

The 35-year-old showed great form in the World Shooting Cup earlier this year, which served as Tokyo Olympics qualifier, where he finished sixth.

Speaking about Khalil’s qualification, Javaid Lodhi, Executive Vice President of NRAP told APP:

Akhtar has qualified for Olympics through the quota system. At the World Shooting Cup, he edged passed World No. 1, World No. 4 and World No. 5.

He further added:

So far, he is the only Pakistani to qualify for the Olympics. We are happy at his performance and now hope he would earn a medal at the global prestigious sport’s event in Tokyo.

Khalil will compete in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, which is an event involving successive rapid-fire in the standing position over short periods of eight, six and four seconds, in the 2020 Olympics.

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