The World Cup bronze-medallist said that 10m air rifle was her pet event and she was told of the 50m three-position participation only upon reaching Gwangju.

"Just two weeks before going for the world university competition, I was told that I would have to participate in the prone event also, which I agreed," she said.

"After reaching the venue, I was told, I had to participate in three-position event also, for which I didn't have the required equipment, ammunition and no training. That is why I informed the officials that I cannot participate and left Gwangju for India after playing the two events – air rifle and prone – as I have to prepare for the upcoming World Cup and avoid injury," Chandela clarified.

Her statement comes after media reports of her missing the event triggered a controversy. Reports said because of the pullout by Chandela, a three-member team could not be fielded, which denied India a possible medal.

Reports said that while two other three-position shooters, Priyal Keni and Aditi Singh, took their designated slots at the range, Chandela was a no-show.

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