New Delhi: About 1000 shooters are expected to compete in the Gun For Glory Shooting Championship, the biggest-ever prize money (Rs 35 lakh) tournament in Pune, from August 3-9.

The week-long competition will be conducted by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and the scores will count for selection into the national team.

Gun For Glory is India's first international standard academy for shooting, set up by the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation.

For the first time in shooting history, 10 gold medals will be given to winners of four categories.

Besides, five rifles and three pistols from Walther and 20 Walther discount coupons are waiting to be won.

Other prizes include two (rifle and pistol) scholarships from Lakshya, an NGO that supports the academy, in the youth category, and 156 vouchers for winners in different categories from shooting equipment manufacturer, Capapie.

There will be 44 events in senior, junior, men, women, youth and handicapped categories.

The most unique aspect of this competition will be a Challenger match between selected shooters in the rifle and pistol events where the top shooters can challenge each other.

This will set up an intense final day of the competition. In another first, the tournament will have an open shooting event on August 6th and 7th.

The championship is expected to open the doors of the academy to shooting fans and spectators.

The academy is a brainchild of shooting ace Narang and assistant coach of Indian team, Pawan Singh, and its board of directors include the best athlete of 2006 Commonwealth Games, Samresh Jung, and young shooting sensation Ronak Pandit.

The academy is housed in the Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune.

With world class ranges, facilities and foreign coaches, Gun For Glory aims at producing talented shooters for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and beyond.

"I want to give something back to the country. Youngsters look up to me, and I want to give them a platform to become ace shooters," the 27-year-old Narang had said after the academy was launched last December.

(Agencies)