PUNE: The lately concluded ISSF World Cup in Delhi has boosted the morale of Indian shooters forward of the Tokyo Olympics. It has additionally lifted India’s place in the overall ranking of medallist international locations for the reason that occasion started in 1986.
With 30 medals (15 gold, 9 silver 6 bronze) gained in Delhi final week, India has taken its overall World Cup medals to 127 (50G, 39S, 38B) from 75 in simply two years. India has additionally jumped to the 10th place – from someplace in the 30s – in simply two seasons.
China tops the tally with 835 medals (317 G, 286 S and 232 B), whereas the USA is second with 563 medals (199 G, 181 S, 183 B).
India has gained a complete of 52 medals (31G, 13S, 8B) since 2019, out of which 20 (13, 3, 4) have come from the blended crew occasions, essentially the most by any nation. China is second with 16 medals in blended occasions (5, 7, 4).
“The mixed-team events have been the real gamechanger for us. I remember there was such a hue and cry when the ISSF was contemplating to remove 50m rifle prone, 50m pistol and double trap events to include the mixed-team events. But you see how well we have done in these events,” the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh informed TOI.
“But that is what the ISSF has done. There are many things that we have done in the past few years that has worked for us. One of them is trusting our own coaches and relying less on foreign counterparts. We got our former shooters into the system. They worked closely with the young shooters and extracted much more than what a foreign coach would have done,” Raninder mentioned.
After a poor present on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, the NRAI began specializing in its junior programme. The federation additionally allowed junior shooters to shoot in senior groups, in the event that they certified. The change in coverage noticed the emergence of shooters like Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala, Esha Singh and Elavenil Valarivan.
India will subject 15 shooters on the Tokyo Games and might be one of the strongest contingents in the self-discipline there.