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Junior shooters add silver, bronze to India’s tally at ISSF WC

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Changwon (South Korea): India's junior shooters scaled another high by delivering the country's first set of skeet medals at the ISSF World Championships -- a men's team silver and an individual bronze by Gurnihal Singh Garcha here Tuesday.

Before this edition of the world championship, India had won all its shotgun medals in the trap and double trap disciplines. This will be the first time that Indian skeet shooters will come back with medals from the premiere competition.

The trio of Gurnihal (119), Anantjeet Singh Naruka (117) and Ayush Rudraraju (119) combined for a score of 355 for a second-place finish in the finals. The three had topped day one of the team qualifying Monday.

The 19-year-old Gurnihal also made the six-strong individual final, where he shot a score of 46 to claim the individual bronze, the biggest achievement of his international career so far.

Italian Elia Sdruccioli notched up the gold with a score of 55, while American Nic Moschetti won the silver with 54.

India are placed fourth in the overall medals' tally with seven gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 20 at the premier International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) showpiece, which is also the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games.

SAI lashes out at NRAI, says rejected coaches don't qualify for appointments
New Delhi:
The Sports Authority of India Tuesday said five shooting coaches were rejected from a list of 29 submitted by the national shooting federation for not meeting the requisite criteria and termed the NRAI's objection to its decision as "illogical".

The SAI's decision to dismiss the appointment of five shooting coaches irked the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh, who wrote a letter to the government body, stating the move was "insensitive" and an "affront to our sport and human intellect".

But SAI responded sharply, saying that it was "surprised" by such a late reaction from the NRAI after it "duly acknowledged" the decision conveyed to it on July 26.

"SAI held discussions with NRAI on the panel of 29 coaches which was submitted for appointment for the training of Indian shooters. Following these detailed consultations, a panel of 24 coaches was approved," SAI Special Director General Onkar Kedia said in a letter addressed to the NRAI President.

"The decision of the SAI was conveyed to NRAI on July 26 which was duly acknowledged by your office. It is, therefore, quite surprising that you raise these issues six weeks later without any reference to the consultations, discussions and correspondence that has been held with SAI on this issue," he said.

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