- India hopes for shooters in Olympics 2020
- Year-long young shooters achieve success
- Till now, 15 shooters have won Olympic quota
Shooting or shooting is a sport which has been showing great success to India at the international level. In the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, Indian shooters have been attacked many times by their exact trails. Abhinav Bindra has won the only individual gold medal shooting event for India in Olympics. Apart from him, Rajyavardhan Rathore has also won the Silver Medal for India in the Olympic Games. This series of excellence of Indian shooters continued in the year 2019 as well. This year, Indian shooters made their mark in international events so much that on some occasions, world class events also looked like domestic tournaments. The best thing is that many young shooters have emerged from India. It is expected that the shooter will give some melds to the country in the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo this year. Manu Bhaker in the female section and Elavenil Valarivan And in the male category, Saurabh Chaudhary is considered very talented.
In the year 2019, India won a total of 21 gold, six silver and three bronze medals in rifle-pistol world cup and finals. India has so far achieved 15 Olympic quota in shooting, which is a record and one can realize the superiority of Indian shooters in this sport of the country. Talking about the Olympic Games, the best performance by Indian shooters so far has been at the London Olympics-2012 when India won two medals. The great performance of this year's Indian shooters is expected to further improve this performance in the Tokyo Olympics.
Following Rio's dismal performance, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) took some tough decisions. It also includes not making any financial agreement before the Olympic Games. This was done to avoid distracting the shooters. Even though some shooters took this decision after the relentless performance of Indian shooters after Nagavar Gujran Lake Rio, the credit goes to the NRAI to some extent who took the corrective measures of Abhinav Bindra-led committee seriously. NRAI organized the junior program well with the help of experienced shooters like Jaspal Rana and Samaresh Jung. This gave the country marksmen like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan. With the brilliant play of these juniors and good performances by top players like Sanjeev Rajput and Tejaswini Sawant, India topped the medal tally of all World Cup this year.
India continued to dominate the women's ten meters. Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil and Elavenil Valarivan ranked first, second and third respectively at the end of the year. Sanjeev Rajput took a quantum leap. He achieved silver and Olympic quota in the men's 50m rifle three position at Rio World Cup and jumped 75 places to finish eighth. India won five gold medals at the Rio World Cup in September while winning three gold medals at the World Cup Finals in Putian (China), which shows that the game is moving in the right direction. The shooters are expected to continue their impressive form in Tokyo as well, but before that they will get a chance to win medals in some other competitions to boost their morale. One of them is the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup, which will be played in New Delhi in February. For Indian shooters, this is a chance to test their ability before the Tokyo Olympics. While the Indian shooters were showing their fire on the range, India also strongly opposed the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) decision to withdraw shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Despite pressure from India and ISSF, the CGF has not changed its decision.
Video: India topped medals table in four World Cups, won 16 gold