Blog BY : Riya Rathore
Shooting has been a popular sport in India since yore. Shooting was a favorite sport with the Maharajas of the former princely states of India. These Indian kings were expert with guns and often used to go on shooting sprees on horseback. The shooting expertise was an essential constituent of the royal grooming process and hence the origin of some of the leading shooters of India can be traced back to the erstwhile imperial families of India. Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela+ and Ayonika Paul+ were way off the mark in the 10m Air Rifle Women’s Qualification, finishing way behind the leaders to bow out of the competition in the Rio Olympics+ on Saturday.
Chandela shot an overall 411.6 to finish 34th out of 51 competitors while Paul finished further down in 47th place with a total score of 403. Shooting as a sport gained importance in India when the National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) was set up in 1951.NRAI which is affiliated to the (ISSF)- International Shooting Sports Federation, is the principal administrative body promoting the sport of shooting in India. Indian shooters came into limelight for the first time after winning the first individual Olympic silver medal. effectively punctures every theory in India that its own three shooters — Ayonika Paul, Apurvi Chandela and Heena Sidhu — were too young, too inexperienced, too rattled on this mammoth stage to deliver what could have been India’s first Games medal from a woman shooter.Anjali Bhagat the female ace shooter attracted four gold medals in the individual and pairs events at the Manchester Commonwealth Games of 2002. She became the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics in the year 2004.She also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 2003-2004. t’s not like Heena, Ayonika or Apurvi are indisciplined in the literal sense of the word. To the contrary, Ayonika and Heena are far too intense — both their coaches would agree, and Apurvi is extremely earnest and diligent. “I think they are good quality shooters. But dealing with Olympic level pressure is very different. It’s not about training scores or past records. Winning an Olympic is dealing with the pressure of that one day. They need to be in a national camp under a world-class coach,” Lazlo adds. A senior Indian shooter has approached him, in fact, to work for short stints with a group of the rifle squad, and he is considering it seriously after his assignment with Iran — he’s taken them to another level — ends. “I am in talks and will love to work with Indians.
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