With 52 shooting WC medals in two seasons, India zoom to 10th in overall world ranking | More sports News – Times of India

With 52 shooting WC medals in two seasons, India zoom to 10th in overall world ranking | More sports News – Times of India


PUNE: The recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Delhi has boosted the morale of Indian shooters ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. It has also lifted India’s position in the overall ranking of medallist countries since the event began in 1986.
With 30 medals (15 gold, 9 silver 6 bronze) won in Delhi last week, India has taken its overall World Cup medals to 127 (50G, 39S, 38B) from 75 in just two years. India has also jumped to the 10th position – from somewhere in the 30s – in just two seasons.
China tops the tally with 835 medals (317 G, 286 S and 232 B), while the USA is second with 563 medals (199 G, 181 S, 183 B).
India has won a total of 52 medals (31G, 13S, 8B) since 2019, out of which 20 (13, 3, 4) have come from the mixed team events, the most by any country. China is second with 16 medals in mixed events (5, 7, 4).
“The mixed-team events have been the real gamechanger for us. I remember there was such a hue and cry when the ISSF was contemplating to remove 50m rifle prone, 50m pistol and double trap events to include the mixed-team events. But you see how well we have done in these events,” the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh told TOI.
“But that is what the ISSF has done. There are many things that we have done in the past few years that has worked for us. One of them is trusting our own coaches and relying less on foreign counterparts. We got our former shooters into the system. They worked closely with the young shooters and extracted much more than what a foreign coach would have done,” Raninder said.
After a poor show at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, the NRAI started focusing on its junior programme. The federation also allowed junior shooters to shoot in senior teams, if they qualified. The change in policy saw the emergence of shooters like Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala, Esha Singh and Elavenil Valarivan.
India will field 15 shooters at the Tokyo Games and will be one of the strongest contingents in the discipline there.



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