Shooting is one of the games requiring a lot of accuracy and focus to aim the target. The Indian shooters curve has been on a high. There are various different Indian male and female shooters which have done the country proud by winning medals at different competitions of the World. The top shooters that India has produced include Rajyavardhan Rahtore , Abhinav Bindra and Jitu Rai. The latest addition is Manavaditya Rathore who won the gold medal in junior’s men trap event.
Abhinav Bindra is the top Indian shooter. His performance over the years has been exceptional and has been the main pillar for Indian shooting. His became popular after his win of the Gold medal in Commonwealth games 2002 in 10m rifle pairs event, silver medal in commonwealth games 2002 in singles event in 10 m air rifle event. Next came gold medal in CWG 2006 in 10 m air rifle pair’s event and bronze in 10 m air rifle singles event. He became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the Olympics 2008. In 2010 CWG he won gold in 10 m air rifle pair’s event and silver in singles in 10m air rifle singles event. He also won the gold medal at the Commonwealth games in 2014. He also won bronze in singles and team event in the recently concluded Asian games. These performances show the consistency of the man who has brought many laurels for the country. He played his last commonwealth games in 2014 and Asian games in 2014 and retired from professional shooting after Asian games in 2014. He has committed to provide support to India’s upcoming shooters through Abhinav Bindra Development Programme. Rathore came to limelight when he won the silver medal in Men’s Double trap at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
In recent times many young female and male youngsters have come and chosen their carrier as shooting. In the women’ section Rani Sarnobat and Apruvi Chandela won the gold medal in individual event at Commonwealth games 2014. In the team the performance of the Indian has been ok with the men’s team event of Jitu Rai, Samresh Jung and Prakash Nanjappa winning bronze in the Asian games 2014. Also Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang and Gurpreet Singh won the silver medal in team event. Jitu Rai is an excellent example who won India’s first gold medal at the Asian games 2014.The likes of Malika Goel, Prakash Nanjappa, Anisa Sayed, Sheryasi Singh, Gagan narang , Gurpal Singh, Harpreet Singh, Sanjeev Rajput, Manvjit Singh Sandhu , Vijay Kumar have done well in Commonwealth games and also Asian games. Vijay Kumar was silver medalist at the London Olympics in 2012. The trio of Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman won bronze in women’s double trap event.
The youngsters need to find a way to perform at the top level by practicing hard. I am sure that some of them will do the country proud by winning medals at the top level of competition. An issue of concern is that In the recent Asian games 2014 those who had performed well in Commonwealth games 2014 were not able to repeat the performance.
The Sports Authority must try to focus on the mental training by sending the young shooters to the World Championship so that the Indian shooters get ready for the big competitions. The competitions in Asian games are much higher than Commonwealth games. Out of these young Indian shooters Malika Goel,Ayonika Paul will perform better with experience. The Indian shooters must focus on training for the Olympics 2016 right from now instead of last minute practices.
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