NRAI invites applications for coaches and high performance manager
New Delhi, Jan 16 (Shooting News) The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has invited applications for the posts of foreign and Indian coaches as well as high performance manager for the country's senior and junior shooters across disciplines.
The tenure of the contract will be till the 2024 Paris Olympic Games from the date of appointment.
The coaching staffs positions have been left vacant since the NRAI decided to terminate the contracts of all coaches last year.
The move followed a review by the national federation in the wake of the Indian shooting team's disastrous outing at the Tokyo Olympics, where they failed to win a single medal, five years after returning empty-handed from the Rio Games in 2016.
"The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) invites applications from highly qualified and experienced foreign coaches to train the Indian shooting team/national squad for achieving excellence in all major international competitions including Olympic Games 2024," the NRAI said in its advertisement.
The federation is also looking to hire high performance manager for the shooters in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines.
"The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) invites applications for appointment of a qualified and experienced High-Performance Manager (HPM) for its national squad of shooters in the discipline of rifle, pistol and shotgun." The HPM, primarily, will be responsible for monitoring the training and development programme of the shooters to "achieve excellence in the sport to perform" at various international competitions.
All the appointments are subject to approval by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Besides, the NRAI has also invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from Indian nationals for the appointment of coaches for senior and junior shooters on contract basis, for the "national squad/Indian shooting team and empanelment of coaches for promotion of the shooting sport and training of shooters at state and district level".
As far as the major requirements for the coaches and HPM are concerned, the applicants must be below 65 years of age and should have played at the Olympics/continental games/Commonwealth Games/World Championships or other continental championships besides having previous coaching experience at the top level with established shooters.
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30 medals for Topgun Shooting Academy at Delhi state meet
New Delhi, Jan 8 (Shooting News) Shooters of Topgun Shooting Academy stamped their class at the Delhi State Open Shooting Competition, bagging as many as 30 medals, at the Dr. Karni Singh range here.
Some of the notable performances were by rifle shooters Pratyush Aman Barik (17) and Paarth Makhija (20).
Another shooter Shaurya Sarin (20) dominated the pistol events.
In October last year, Paarth and Shaurya, who have been trained by the academy, had won medals at the ISSF Junior World Championship in Lima, Peru.
"Our academy is a factory for producing champions. Every year new people join us and we help them reach their potential," said Shimon Sharif, who was the first rifle shooter from Delhi to represent India at the World Cup.
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NRAI postpones selection trials owing to surge in COVID-19 cases
New Delhi, Jan 4 (Shooting News) The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) on Tuesday decided to postpone the upcoming selection trials for rifle, pistol and shotgun events owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
India recorded over 37000 fresh positive cases with 5482 infections reported in Delhi, the highest in the national capital since May 16, 2021, forcing the government to enforce a slew of restrictions.
"Due to restrictions (weekend curfew), imposed by Government of Delhi it has been decided to postpone the selection trials (pistol) which were scheduled to be held at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi from 13th to 25th January 2022," the NRAI said in a statement.
The fresh dates of trials will be announced as and when conditions become conducive to conduct trials.
Similarly, the selection trials for the rifle and shotgun shooters, scheduled to be held in Bhopal, were also put on hold in view of the sudden spike in positive cases of COVID-19 across the country.
"Due to worsening covid conditions in India, it has been decided to postpone the selection trials which were scheduled to be held at Bhopal in rifle and shotgun events.
"The fresh dates of trials will be announced as and when conditions are conducive to conduct trials,” the sport’s apex body said in its statement.
The selection trials for rifle and shotgun events were scheduled to be held in Bhopal from January 7 to 23.
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Rudrankksh wins 12th RR Lakshya Cup
New Panvel (Maharashtra), Dec 26 (Shooting News) Young Rudrankksh Patil from Thane emerged victorious in the senior category of the 12th RR Lakshya Cup 2021 all-India Top 20 Invitational 10m air rifle shooting tournament here.
The one-day event was organised by Lakshya Shooting Club and concluded late Saturday evening.
Rudrankksh, who won silver at the 64th Shooting Nationals held earlier this month in Bhopal, was leading from the start after the first two series of five shots each, a media release said on Sunday.
A spirited fight from Navy's Kiran Jadhav pushed Patil to the second position after the 15th shot.
The former was back at the top a couple of shots later, dominating the field. He eventually won with a comfortable margin of one full point at 251.8 and took home the Rs 1 lakh cash prize.
Aayushi Gupta of UP finished third, pipping Hriday Hazrika of Assam and finishing the year on the podium along with Patil and Jadhav.
Kiran Jadhav, the 25-year-old from Navy, finished second with 250.8.
Last year's RR Lakshya Cup winner Tokyo Olympian, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, finished sixth in the 2021 edition after an average outing.
2018 Youth Olympics silver medallist, Shahu Mane, shot the highest score 629.6 in the qualification round but could not find the form in the final, ending fifth.
ARYA BORSE WINS JUNIOR GOLD Nasik shooter Arya Borse (251.6) pipped Navi Mumbai's Mayuri Pawar of Lakshya SC for gold in the junior section.
The former totalled 249.1.
A First Year Arts student who trains in the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) at Balewadi in Pune, Borse said: "It feels so amazing, I missed the national finals by a point, and now to come back and win the gold is such great competition felt so fantastic." It made her richer by Rs 50,000.
Results (Finals): Senior: 1. Rudrankksh Patil (Mah), 2. Kiran Jadhav (Navy), 3. Aayushi Gupta (UP) Junior: 1. Arya Borse (Mah), 2. Mayuri Pawar (Mah), 3. Muskan Kacholia (Guj) Special prizes (Rs 25,000 each): Max inner tens: Shared between Shahu Mane & Ramita Jindal (56 each) Best series: Arya Borse (106.6) Max 10.9s (Bull's Eye): Shahu Mane (5).
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It was Rio all over again in Tokyo but Indian shooters shine elsewhere
New Delhi, Dec 24 (Shooting News) The Indian shooters failed miserably when it mattered the most and on a stage where they were primed for success, making 2021 one of their worst years in recent memory.
The outstanding results everywhere else, at other times of the last 11 months, were applauded but they were never supposed to mitigate the extreme pain caused by the debacle at the Tokyo Olympics.
They entered Japanese shores with hopes of winning a handful of medals, but returned empty-handed instead, as the horrors of Rio 2016 revisited, even after a raft of changes had been implemented by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
As the fancied 15-strong squad crumbled under the mighty Olympic pressure, it belied a billion hopes after promising to deliver like never before.
Excellent performances at the rechristened President's Cup (which used to be the season-ending ISSF World Cup Finals) and the Junior World Championships in Lima did bring some smiles back, but the Indian team's horror run at Tokyo remains fresh in the memory.
So bad was the outing in the Japanese capital, that it forced NRAI chief Raninder Singh to express his disappointment even before the campaign was completed.
Singh had talked about a major revamp on the sidelines of the Olympics but who will fall under its purview is something that's still not clear, although he did say that even the administrators' performance would be reviewed by an independent body.
So far, in a drastic move, the NRAI has decided to end the contracts of all the national coaches that were involved with the Indian shooting team. This is being done with an aim to revamp the structure before the start of the 2022 season.
The federation has not revealed the names of those who will be appointed in place of the outgoing coaches, which includes some well-established names who have contributed immensely to the growth of the shooters and the sport in general in the country.
Needless to say, the trigger for this move was the Olympic debacle and the intra-squad factionalism, which also involved coaches. The drama marred the build-up to the Games and came out in the open as the team's disastrous campaign unfolded in Tokyo.
The NRAI got former India shooter and coach Ronak Pandit to train medal hope Manu Bhaker after she fell out with junior national coach Jaspal Rana. It did try to sort things out but some of them, perhaps, remained unaddressed.
The top brass in the NRAI had no qualms admitting that the team was below-par in the biggest multi-sporting event.
They also don't shy away from talking about implementing wholesale changes but, going by the experience in the last two Olympics, there is no doubt that more is required than what is being done currently.
If they stop after only changing the coaching and support staff, the story is not likely to be any different at the Paris Olympics, which is scheduled to be held in less than three years' time.
"Definitely the performances have not been on expected lines and I have spoken of an overhaul of coaching and support staff," Raninder told PTI.
He is well aware that problem is concerning the game's mental aspects.
"I feel something is lacking in getting our shooters prepared for these big occasions, because clearly the talent is there and we have seen it," the NRAI boss said.
Questions were raised about why the shooters were not able to replicate their excellent showing at the ISSF World Cups at the Olympics.
While they faltered at the biggest stage, fortunes swung dramatically in the Junior World Championships in Peru in October, when Indian shooters won medals by the bagful and topped the standings for the first time.
The tournament saw the emergence of new talents such as Delhi's Namya Kapoor, who fired her way to the gold medal ahead of her celebrated compatriot Bhaker in the women's 25m pistol event.
At 14 years, she created an Indian record of winning the gold medal at an international shooting tournament, raising fresh hopes for the future.
India also did exceedingly well at the President's Cup with the likes of young Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary once again reminding the world of their abilities with their fine showing in Wroclaw, Poland months after they failed to live up to the expectations at the Olympics.
In Lima, Bhaker became the first Indian shooter to win the highest number of medals (5) in a single edition of the ISSF Junior World Championships. These included four gold medals and a bronze.
The Indian shooters' results, before and after the Olympics, makes it clear that the problem is mental fortitude or the lack of it, at the quadrennial extravaganza.
And the sooner it is addressed, the better it is for Indian shooting.
Moving away from the ranges, there was no change of guard at the top of the hierarchy as Raninder became the apex body's president for an unprecedented fourth time with a landslide victory over BSP MP Shyam Singh Yadav.
The NRAI went ahead with the polls despite the impediments it faced after the petition filed by Yadav in the Delhi High Court, followed by the sports ministry's directive to initiate elections afresh.
There was no stay order from the high court and it was found that the incumbent had a legitimate claim at re-election.
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Avani Lekhara bags 'Best Female Debut' honour at Paralympic Awards
New Delhi, Dec 16 (Shooting News) Indian shooter Avani Lekhara Thursday won the "Best Female Debut" honour at the 2021 Paralympic Awards for her record-breaking gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
The 20-year-old from Jaipur, who sustained spinal cord injury in a car accident in 2012, won the gold in the women's 10m Air Rife Standing SH1 event earlier this year.
With that special feat, she had broken the Paralympic Games record besides equalling the world record.
She also won a bronze in the 50m Rifle Three Positions Standing SH 1 event, becoming the first Indian female to win two medals in Games' history.
She was also awarded Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, for the achievement.
"It is an hour for me to win this award. The focus was always on giving my best shot and bringing back medals for my country and showing that anything is possible with hard work, dedication and passion," said Avani in a video posted by the twitter handle of Paralympic Games.
Recalling her experience of her maiden Paralympic Games, Avani said she approach the competition, one shot at a time.
"It was a dream come true for me at that time. When I came back to India, I met a lot of people. I went back to my school and kids there came to me and said they are inspired by me and also want to take up sport.
"It is amazing but with success comes a lot of responsibility," she added.
India won an unprecedented 19 medals at the Paralympic Games including five gold, eight silver and six bronze.
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Divyansh Panwar wins both senior and junior air rifle National titles
Bhopal, Dec 10 (Shooting news) Former world number one Divyansh Singh Panwar shot an impressive 250 in the final to bag back-to-back men's 10m air rifle national championship crowns at the MP Shooting academy range here on Friday.
Maharashtra's Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil came second with 249.3 while Assam's Hriday Hazarika won the bronze with a score of 228.2 in the 64th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) in Rifle events.
The men's 10m air rifle discipline saw a record participation of 768 athletes this time around with over 800 registering to compete.
The Rajasthan shooter, just like in the 63rd Nationals, also won the junior men's competition for a double gold on the day.
He shot 252.2 in the junior final as Rudrankksh settled for silver here as well with 251.2. Delhi's Paarth Makhija came third with a score of 229.9.
Elsewhere in Patiala at the New Moti Bagh Gun Club ranges, Madhya Pradesh’s Aakash Kushwaha and Pragati Dubey won the mixed team trap competition.
They beat Haryana's Lakshay Sheoran and Bhavna Chaudhary by 42-37 margin in the gold medal match.
Tamil Nadu won bronze in the event.
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Ankur Mittal wins men’s trap nationals
New Delhi, Dec 9 (Shooting news) Former World Champion Ankur Mittal won the men's trap title at the 64th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) of shotgun events in Patiala on Thursday.
Ankur, representing ONGC, shot 43 in the final to upstage Rajasthan’s Aditya Bhradwaj who won silver with 40 hits to his name.
Uttar Pradesh's Rayyan Rizvi won bronze with a score of 33 in the final round. Ankur had qualified in third place for the final with a score of 117 out of 125 in the qualification round, which was topped by seasoned shooter Zoravar Sandhu, who shot 119.
In Bhopal, where the rifle nationals are underway, Bandhvi Singh of Madhya Pradesh struck a double gold in the women's 50m prone event, winning both the senior and junior competitions. She shot 626 to emerge triumphant.
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Rahi Sarnobat reigns supreme in women’s 25m pistol with third Nationals title
New Delhi, Dec 6 (Shooting news) Reigning Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat stamped her authority in women’s 25m pistol event, winning her third successive title on the concluding day of the 64th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) at the Dr Karni Singh Range here on Monday.
Maharashtra’s Sarnobat shot a solid 37 in a top draw final to see off young and in-form challengers to her crown.
The 14-year-old Namyaa Kapoor of Delhi, who recently was crowned junior world champion in the event, won silver with 31.
Youth Olympic Games and 10m air pistol national champion Manu Bhaker of Haryana claimed bronze with 27 hits.
In Bhopal, where the Rifle Nationals are taking place, Shriyanka Sadangi of Odhisa won her first women’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) crown, finishing the 45-shot eight-woman final with a score of 454.9 points.
Madhya Pradesh’s Mansi Kathait won the silver with 453.5, while West Bengal's Ayushi Podder bagged the bronze with 440.9.
Namyaa did win the junior women’s 25m pistol competition, getting the better of Bhaker 5-4 in a shoot-off.
Esha Singh settled for the bronze.
In junior women’s 3P, Nishchal of Haryana won the gold with a new finals record score of 452.9. Madhya Pradesh’s Ashi Chouksey was second with 450.9 while Sift Kaur Samra of Punjab won the bronze with 440.7.
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Manu Bhaker crowned women's air pistol national champion
New Delhi, Dec 4 (Shooting news) Haryana's Manu Bhaker was crowned the women's 10m air pistol champion for the second successive time, shooting 241.6 in the final of the ongoing 64th National Shooting Championship here on Saturday.
Bhaker has now won three of the last four nationals in the event, losing once to Esha Singh in the 62nd edition of the tournament.
Esha won the bronze in the event behind second placed Shri Nivetha of Tamil Nadu, to go with both the junior and youth women gold medals, but Bhaker could not be dislodged in the senior category.
Bhaker had made it to the eight-woman final with a fifth-place finish in qualifying and a score of 576.
Esha had topped the qualifiers with a solid 582. In the final though, Bhaker was in her elements from the get go, leading from start to finish to leave Nivetha 1.7 points behind after the allotted 24-shots.
Esha bowed out third with 215.4.
In the junior final, it was Esha who did the star turn to register a wire-to-wire finish with her 240.7, more than 2.8 ahead of Devanshi Dhama of UP. Haryana's Tejaswani won the bronze in the event.
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Mahaveer Singh wins men's centre fire pistol national title
New Delhi, Dec 3 (Shooting news) Mahaveer Singh of Rajasthan got the better of Punjab's in-form Vijayveer Sidhu and seasoned Army marksman Gurpreet Singh to win the men's 25m centre fire pistol competition in the 64th National Shooting Championship here on Friday.
Mahaveer shot 584 at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, venue of the pistol competitions, to edge out Vijayveer on the basis of two higher inner 10s. Gurpreet was a point behind the two at 583, which gave him the bronze medal.
Punjab won the team gold in the event, which saw participation from 225 shooters.
Haryana won silver and Navy the bronze. Ankur Goel of Uttarakhand won the civilian event while Ashok Pandit won in the veterans section.
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Shreyashi Singh is Women’s Trap National Champion for second year running
Patiala, Dec 2 (Shooting news) Bihar's shotgun shooter Shreyashi Singh won her second women's trap title at the National Championship here on Thursday.
This was Shreyashi’s fifth individual career national title and her second in women’s trap.
The reigning Commonwealth Games Champion won with a finals score of 34, ahead of Madhya Pradesh’s Pragati Dubey and ONGC’s Shagun Chowdhary, who ended with scores of 31 and 27 respectively.
In the Junior Women's Trap, Aadya Tripathi from Delhi bagged gold with a final score of 38 ahead of Delhi’s Divya Singh and Bhavya Tripathi with scores of 36 and 28 respectively.
In Bhopal, Rajshree Anilkumar Sancheti won the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Competition partnering Paarth Makhija to beat the Gujarat duo of Elavenil Valarivan and Keval 17-11 in the finals.
T his was Rajshree’s second gold, having won the individual Women’s 10m Air Rifle Competition earlier.
In the 50m Rifle Prone Men’s National Championship, Swapnil Suresh Kusale from Railways was declared the champion with a total score of 625.40x.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Goldi Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh came second and third respectively with scores of 623.80 and 623.40.
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Rajveer wins triple gold in skeet, Kiran Jadhav crowned men's 3P champion
Patiala, Nov 28 (Shooting news) Punjab's Rajveer Singh Gill claimed three gold medals, winning the skeet men, skeet junior and junior skeet team titles at the ongoing 64th Shooting Nationals for shotgun here on Sunday.
In Bhopal, where the rifle nationals are taking place, Indian Navy's Kiran Ankush Jadhav upstaged India number one Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar among others to claim gold in the men's 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) competition.
Aishwary did make up for the disappointment, however, by claiming the junior men's 3P title later in the day.
Rajveer made the final's cut coming off a shoot-off in qualification to claim the sixth and final spot after finishing with a score of 119 along with three others at the New Moti Bagh Gun Club in Patiala.
He was in his element in the 60-shot final though, hitting a scorching 56 targets to leave Rajasthan's Anantjeet Singh Naruka in silver position with 52 hits.
The seasoned Mairaj Ahmed Khan, a two-time Olympian, won the bronze with a score of 45.
In Bhopal, Kiran Jadhav came out on top in the 3P finals field featuring the best of India in the business. His final four shots were scores of 10.9, 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7 as he logged 455.7 to edge out Services colleague Niraj Kumar, who had a silver-winning effort of 455.3.
Aishwary bagged the bronze with 444.4 ahead of Olympians Chain Singh and Sanjeev Rajput who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
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Shooting Nationals: Shekhawat claims gold, Vijay finishes fourth
New Delhi, Nov 28 (Shooting news) Rajasthan's Bhavesh Shekhawat sealed his first title by winning the men's 25m rapid fire pistol gold at the ongoing 64th Shooting Nationals, even as Olympic silver-medallist comeback-man Vijay Kumar finished fourth here on Sunday.
Haryana's Anish Bhanwala, who was third in the men's event, claimed a gold in the junior rapid fire competition, strengthening his state's firm grip at the top of the medals tally.
In the men's event though, Bhavesh, a long-time performer in the national circuit and who has also represented India, finally broke through on the day overcoming a quality field.
He was in great form registering as many as three clean series scores of 5 in the eight-series final, to finish with 33 hits out of 40.
The next best, the seasoned Gurpreet Singh of the Army, had one 5-hits series to claim the silver with 29, while Anish won bronze with 22 hits.
Vijay, returning to competitive shooting after a gap of five years, bowed out in fourth position while on 17 hits.
Youngsters Vijayveer Sidhu and Ahnad Jawanda finished fifth and sixth respectively.
In the junior men's final, Anish was in stunning form, not shooting below 4 per series with two clean scores of 5 among them.
His final score of 34 was way ahead of state-mate Adarsh Singh, who won silver with 30-hits.
Sidhu picked up the bronze for Punjab with 24.
After 10 days of competitions, 32 gold medals have been given out so far in the pistol events, with Haryana claiming 12 of them to sit at the top.
They are followed by Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, who have four gold medals each. Haryana also has most medals with 27.
Over 4500 athletes have descended at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range to participate in the tournament, scheduled to run till December 6.
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Sarabjot wins 10m air pistol gold, Shiva grabs junior and youth title at National shooting C'ships
New Delhi, Nov 27 (Shooting news) Haryana's Sarabjot Singh was crowned the National Champion for the first time in his short career after winning the men's 10m air pistol event while young sensation Saurabh Chaudhary finished fourth, here on Saturday.
Going into the final two aims of the 24-shot final, Sarabjot trailed his state-mate Shiva Narwal by 0.5 points.
The youngster then hit 10 and 10.5 to Shiva's 10.1 and 9.3 to emerge victorious with 242.3 points at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Shiva settled for silver with 241.7, 0.6 points behind Sarabjot. Delhi's Harsh Gupta was third with 221.2, while top-ranked Indian and Asian Games champion Saurabh Chaudhary ended fourth with 200.9.
Shiva, however, picked up the junior men's title piping Saurabh Chaudhary by a wafer thin margin of 0.2 points in the final.
His score of 246.7 was also a national finals record, ironically previously held by Uttar Pradesh's Saurabh at 245.30. Saurabh too went past his record, winning silver with 246.5. Sarabjot settled for bronze in this one with 225.4.
Shiva then also went on to win the Youth Men's title in the discipline, prevailing over Haryana's Sagar Bhargava 243.1 to 239.4. Arif Malik of U.P won bronze with 216.2.
Over 4500 athletes are participating in the 64th National Shooting Championship in Pistol events scheduled to run till December 6.
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