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India has chances of winning more medals in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Pawan Singh

Pawan Singh spoke on multiple aspects of shooting.

pune Updated: Apr 17, 2019 17:44 IST
Jigar Hindocha
Jigar Hindocha
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pawan Kumar Singh, joint secretary general of National Rifle Association of India(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

What are the chances of Indian shooters at Tokyo Olympics?

If you see the progress then we already have three quotas for the Olympics with the medals. Nowadays, we are getting a quota from World Cup, World Championship apart from National/Asian championships with a gold medal, so that is our performance and it shows we have chances of winning more medals.

What is an Olympic Quota Place?

Participation in the Olympic shooting events is not guaranteed. Each national shooting federation must earn ‘Quota Places’ - one starting position to send athletes to the next Olympic Games. Only a total of 360 athletes will be able to compete in the 15 events across the Olympic disciplines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

How often the International Shooting Sport Federation B-Course judges programme are conducted in India?

Every two years we conduct this programme in India. It is the first time it is happening in Pune. We have shortlisted 35 out of 100 candidates. Only 30 candidates are allowed per batch, but we requested David Goodfellow, chairman, ISSF to consider 35. In India, sports is not only for classes, it has gone to masses, so we need more judges to conduct tournaments.

As of now, we have shooting ranges in the rural areas also. We need more jury members who can conduct the matches under ISSF rules at club levels and villages. It will help the shooters’ performance at a higher level.

What are changes you have introduced in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI)?

Last year we have introduced online registration for shooting tournaments. Since there are a large number of shooters in our country it will easy for shooters to plan their tournament using the online platform. Earlier the whole process was very tedious. Thanks to Raninder Singh, president, NRAI, who has always supported us.

We have a good number of junior shooters coming up these days, what are your views on it?

It took a long time to build up this (junior) format. We are working on it for very long. In 2005 we introduced the state-level shooting championship at school levels in Maharashtra and then we introduced it in School Games Federation of India (SGFI). Now we also have Khelo India so all these tournaments have helped us to produce good shooters.

India have a very good system of Shooting: Goodfellow

David Goodfellow, chairman of International Shooting Sports Federation Rifle Committee ( Milind Saurkar/HT Photo )

David Goodfellow, chairman of International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Rifle Committee who is also in the city to conduct ISSF B-course judges programme, is impressed with the way shooting is progressing in the country.

“India is performing good over the past couple of years. I am not too familiar with the system that is in place but it’s been obvious that the country has a very good shooting system,” said Goodfellow.

“Many youngsters don’t take up the sport because of the strict gun control rule in the UK, and even we don’t have the same backing, finance and facilities like India. I don’t want to be too jealous but India has got a very good system. When you see 15-16 years old appearing in world championships not as juniors but as the members of the senior team. It tells what India is been up to,” added Goodfellow.

First Published: Apr 14, 2019 17:07 IST