Shooting in India

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Shooting in India
Country India
Governing body The National Rifle Association of India
National team India
International competitions

Shooting is an important Olympic sport in India. Of India's 26 Olympic medals, 4 have come from Shooting including a Gold by Abhinav Bindra in the 2008 Olympics. Indian shooters who have excelled at the world stage include Abhinav Bindra, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Anjali Bhagwat.

2012 Olympics[edit]

The Indian shooting contingent for the 2012 London was one of the largest to date. There were a total of 11 shooters including 4 female shooters. India's first medal in the 2012 Olympics was when Gagan Narang won the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle event.[1] This was the same event in which Abhinav Bindra won India's first individual gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing. The second medal came from the unheralded army man Vijay Kumar when he won the silver in the 25m rapid fire pistol event after finishing 4th in the qualification rounds.[2] He had to fend off some tough competition from the third placed Chinese Ding Feng.

A notable performance was made by Joydeep Karmakar who finished 4th in the 50m rifle prone event. A strong medal prospect Ronjan Sodhi who is an Asian Games gold medallist, however crashed out in the qualification rounds of the Double trap event.[3] None of the female shooters made a mark at the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic Medals[edit]

Medal Name Games Event
 Silver Rathore, Rajyavardhan SinghRajyavardhan Singh Rathore Greece 2004 Athens Men's double trap
 Gold Bindra, AbhinavAbhinav Bindra China 2008 Beijing Men's 10m Air Rifle
 Bronze Narang, GaganGagan Narang United Kingdom 2012 London Men's 10m Air Rifle
 Silver Vijay Kumar United Kingdom 2012 London Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol

Administration[edit]

The sport is administered in India by the The National Rifle Association of India. The association organises the following tournaments every year:

  • National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC)
  • All India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship (AIGVMSC)
  • Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters Shooting Championship
  • Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship
  • All India Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Inter School Shooting Championship

Shimon Sharif is one of India's top shooting experts and a great promoter of shooting. He represented India at the Shooting World Cup in 2003 at Korea and floated India's first shooting website indianshooting.com.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Narang wins bronze". Indian Express. 2012-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Vijay Kumar wins silver". Hindustan Times. 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Sodhi crashes out". The Hindu. 2012-08-02.