More and more shots be­ing fired on tar­get!

Sportstar - - LONG READ SHOOTING - KAMESH SRINI­VASAN

It can safely be said that no sport in the coun­try has the depth, qual­ity, num­bers and the ad­van­tage of age as in shoot­ing.

In­dian shoot­ing has pro­gressed at the speed of a bul­let train! It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion. For long, the trap sil­ver in the World Cham­pi­onship in Cairo in 1962, by the erst­while Ma­haraja of Bikaner, Dr Karni Singh, stayed as the bench­mark for the sport.

From be­ing a favourite pas­time of kings and queens, the sport moved hands to the ones in the armed forces, espe­cially the army, be­fore reach­ing the grasp of civil­ians, mainly through the Na­tional Cadet Corps (NCC).

With lib­er­al­i­sa­tion, and the re­lax­ation of strin­gent arms li­cense rules, vir­tu­ally any­one can prac­tise the sport now across the coun­try with suit­able guid­ance.

The achieve­ments in the last two decades have been phe­nom­e­nal. and this has given hope to kids go­ing to school that even they can have ac­cess to all the fame and money, pretty early, if they train dili­gently.

In the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, a small bunch of four shooters man­aged to pluck five medals for In­dia, two gold and three sil­ver. Manu Bhaker, Sau­rabh Chaud­

THE HINDU PHOTO LI­BRARY

It’s a sil­ver: In­dia’s first shoot­ing medal in the Olympics was a sil­ver by Ra­jyavard­han Singh Rathore at Athens 2004 and he is on the phone, an­nounc­ing his feat to his near and dear ones.

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