New Delhi, August 6 The Indian junior and senior shooting teams, both of whom led the medal tally at the last ISSF World Cup stages held – the Junior competition in Suhl, Germany, in May and the Senior World Cup stage in Changwon, Korea, in July, were congratulated by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) here on Saturday.
The shooters and support staff of both teams were honored with a commemorative NRAI trophy on the occasion. In addition to the members and support staff of the squads, those present included Kalikesh Narayen Singh Deo, Senior Vice President of the NRAI, K Sultan Singh, Secretary General of the NRAI, and Dr. GP Goswami, Administrator of Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR).
Addressing the gathering, Singh Deo said: “It was a fantastic performance by both teams and you should applaud yourself the loudest. We at the NRAI decided to honor you for your achievements as soon as you returned from your missions, because every medal you win for the country is precious. We also want you to know that our ultimate goal of winning an Olympic gold medal remains central and we are trying to provide you with the necessary support you need to achieve the same.”
“We already have the best national and international coaches for you and there are also physiotherapists and mental conditioning and therapy professionals who are now also linked to the cadres. We are also trying our best to further professionalize the sport, for example by bringing in high performance directors who will soon be joining the rosters. With Paris only about two years away, more things like this will be rolled out so you can do your best for India.”
Some prominent shooters present in person to collect their trophies were Olympians Anjum Moudgil (50m 3P Bronze, Changwon), Manu Bhaker (10m & 25m Pistol Silver, Suhl) and some talented juniors like Rhythm Sangwan (25m Pistol Gold, Suhl), Naamya Among others Kapoor (25m pistol bronze, Suhl) and Abhinav Shaw (10m air rifle silver, Suhl).
In Suhl the team won a whopping 36 medals with 14 gold, 16 silver and six bronze medals, while in Changwon the senior team also topped the table with India winning five gold, six silver and four bronze medals for a total of 15 medals. In Changwon, India again topped the 15-medal table at the Senior Men’s World Combined (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) Championships, with a breakup of.
Now the shooters are back in the national camps, the next tasks are the national selection tests, followed by the world championships in September/October.
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