More and more shots being fired on target!
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
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.