Shooting World Cup Finals allotted to India

The shooting World Cup Finals in pistol, rifle and shotgun has been allotted to India for 2017 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).

India had already been allotted a World Cup which would be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, in New Delhi in February 2017. The World Cup Finals will also be hosted at the same venue in October.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The shooting World Cup Finals in pistol, rifle and shotgun has been allotted to India for 2017 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).

In a release issued on Thursday, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said that the allotment was made in the ISSF Executive Committee meeting in Moscow on Wednesday.

Quite interestingly, India had already been allotted a World Cup which would be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, here in February. The World Cup Finals will also be hosted at the same venue in October.

The President of the NRAI, Raninder Singh, who was honoured with the ‘’ISSF President Button’’ in Moscow, for helping in the growth of the sport in the country, said that the world class events being offered to India meant a recognition of the country’s growing reputation as a shooting power.

‘’I thank the ISSF for bestowing upon us the honour to host the World Cup Finals. The credit goes to our champion shooters first, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the Government of India for supporting us throughout in the growth of the sport in the country and the entire team at NRAI for their untiring efforts in raising the profile of the sport’’, said Raninder in the statement.

Raninder Singh, who had won the faith of the world body by hosting the Asia Olympic Qualifying event in an exemplary fashion, when 35 Olympic quota places were decided — after the original host Kuwait was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — thanked the ISSF President, Olegario Vazquez Rana, for presenting the ISSF President Button.

‘’It is a personal confidence booster for me’’, said Raninder, who had assumed the responsibility as the president of NRAI in 2010, and has been focusing particularly on junior development.