Fri, 26 Mar 2021

NRAI president claims India's ISSF World Cup performance "not a marker for the Olympics"

India's performance has been brilliant in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, but according to National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh, that's not a marker for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

As of now, the Indian shooting contingent has bagged a total of 25 medals, which consists of twelve gold, seven silver, and six bronze medals in the ISSF World Cup currently hosted in the national capital. 

On Friday, India bagged two more golds, courtesy of the duo of Sanjeev Rajput and Tejaswini Sawant who defeated Ukraine's Serhiy Kulish and Anna Ilina 31-29  in the 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event.

ISSF World Cup
ISSF World Cup: Tejaswini Sawant and Sanjeev Rajput bagged two more gold medals for India in the  in the 50m rifle 3 positions mixed team event on Friday.

Along with such a brilliant medal tally, India has secured a staggering15 quota places in the upcoming Olympic Games, naturally boosting the confidence of the country's shooters at the epic quadrennial showpiece event to be hosted later this year.

However, NRAI president Raninder Singh is not considering the wonderful World Cup performance to reflect how the Indian team will perform at the Japanese capital.

We have the talent and the resources: NRAI prez hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics

In a recent interview with the ISSF World Cup tournament broadcaster Sony Liv on Friday, Raninder Singh stated that the players sent for the World Cup have the aim to improve their individual rankings in mind, but the subsequent Olympic-bound team will be different. 

“This World Cup is not a marker for the Olympics," Singh said in the interview, "teams have only sent those guys who are looking for ranking points, but we have the talent and the resources, and then it's between them (shooters) and God.” 

Singh, who is also an ISSF vice-president, has been pivotal behind India's consistent success at the international level in recent times, especially with the contingent maintaining a top-four finish in all four of the rifle and pistol World Cups that were hosted back in 2019.

For the same, the NRAI prez sent his gratitude towards the government as well as the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

“It's been a long journey and the keyword is team work. We have the talent and have put together a very good team, it is a combination of things. Without the help of government and the SAI, it would not have been possible. We started bringing our own coaches like Suma (Shirur), Mansher (Singh) and Samresh (Jung) for them to give back to the sport,” added Singh.

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