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Rudolf on target, bags championship

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 14:18 IST

THE YOUNG Rudolf Gupta emerged winner in the Raj Kumar Agrawal Memorial Open Shooting Competition organised at 25th Battalion Shooting Range on Sunday. Bhopal District Rifle Club (BDRC) organised the event.

For the first time in Bhopal a shooting competition of the open category was organised in which the winner was selected on the basis of best shot. The organisers made no category and the participants were asked to aim the best shot. There was no separate category of men, women or children. Such was the overwhelming response by the youths that even NCC cadets registered their name for the competition.

The competition was organised for 0.22-bore rifle and the participants were asked to shoot from 50 m. Rudolf Gupta took the lead from the very start. A member of the BDRC, Rudolf was on target 85 times out of 100.

If the winner was a young shooter of the City, the veterans also demonstrated their talent and experience. Veteran Habib Khan stood second in the competition with 84 points. He gave tough fight to Rudolf. Raj Kumar Gupta had to be content with the third position.

Child shooters like Adil endeavoured to put challenge to the other participants. He and Yash Pratap Rathore were the youngest in the 120 participants from Sehore, Indore, Gwalior, Satna, Raisen and others districts.

On being asked, the Class IV student Adil said that he wanted to be a big shooter. “I have been in shooting for a few years”, said Adil. Yash, a member of the BDRC, also expressed similar desires. 

MP State Election Commission Commissioner A V Singh was the chief guest and distributed prizes to the winners. On the occasion, BDRC Director Aruneshwar Singhdeo, Roopesh Agrawal, Rakesh Agrawal, Rajiv Saxena, Mahavir Bhatnagar and others were present.

Shooting fast gaining popularity
THE RIFLE shooting is getting popular in the State. The positive response to the rifle shooting competition has attracted other districts to open shooting ranges. Taking the initiative Neeraj Pratap Singh of Sehore has decided to open a district-level club in Sehore. “The club would be affiliated to BDRC.

It is good that people are attracting towards shooting”, said BDRC director Aruneshwar Singhdeo. However, he felt that lot of efforts were still required to popularise the game.

“The ranges are old. The need is to modernise them to prepare shooters of international level”, said Singhdeo. “Our objective is to add as much as districts in the shooting association”, he added. At present clubs from Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur and Raisen are affiliated to BDRC.