Performances in the ongoing ISSF World Cup here are not a marker for success at the Tokyo Games, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh said on Friday.
India has so far secured an unprecedented 15 Olympic quota places and is leading the standings in the World Cup with 23 medals, including 11 gold.
“This World Cup is not a marker for the Olympics, 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,” Raninder told tournament broadcaster Sony Liv .
Raninder has played a part in the Indian shooters' meteoric rise in recent years, with India finishing at the top in all four rifle/pistol World Cups in 2019. The veteran administrator, who is also a vice-president in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), thanked the government and Sports Authority of India (SAI) for their help.
‘Very good team’
“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.”
Raninder also spoke about how getting an arms license has become easier these days.
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“Getting an arms license is not an easy thing in this country but with the new notification, it has become a lot easier even for a 12-year-old if he is an athlete.”
Now, import license is also issued without much hassle.
Raninder said development of coaches was his next priority as NRAI president.
“Now that the base is there, we have to give quality direction to that base, developing quality coaches and help shooters from grassroots. We have the youngest Olympic team in the history of Olympics. There is a lot of competition and I want the seniors to be pushed by the youngsters all the time.”
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