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Cutting down shooting events not the right thing to do: Rana

NEW DELHI: Indian shooting legend Jaspal Rana used to be extremely prolific in his aggressive shooting days. He knows what it takes to perform underneath drive. He knows what drive is and methods to make it work to at least one's advantage. The pistol coach of India juniors although is not lately operating with his prodigies, as part of the national camp for the impending ISSF World Cup right here. At the time this story used to be being revealed, he used to be nonetheless waiting for an authentic invitation from the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to sign up for its training team of workers.

The Indian team is lately coaching on the Dr Karni Singh Shooting vary, the venue of the first shooting World Cup of 2019, which will likely be held from February 20 to 28. Part of the squad are youngster prodigies like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Anish Bhanwala, who've been carved into champions by Rana. In a match that has as many as 16 Tokyo Olympic quota places on be offering, it would have been splendid for Rana to be with the youngsters forward of the most important match. But it is yet to happen, despite assurances by the NRAI.

"I haven't yet received any official invitation to join the camp, so why should I go there?" Rana advised over the telephone from his fatherland, Dehradun on Monday.

Before the camp, which began on February 5, Manu used to be coaching with Rana on the Siri Fort Sports Complex shooting vary right here within the capital. While she and her fellow younger guns would have hoped to have their mentor round on the national camp as well, it hasn't happened yet.

But with Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Cup and Youth Olympics medals already underneath their belt, the teens are well groomed to take care of the drive of expectations that has grown due to their most sensible performances.

"I think if you don't have pressure, you are dead or dumb," Rana had stated in a chat with last week within the capital. "Anybody who is smart enough to understand the importance of things will have pressure, but we make them strong enough to handle that pressure. That's our job."

"We don't train them on how to shoot, how to sight, how to pull the trigger. We just need to make them stronger to handle situations, because that is one thing which is not in our hands, the shooters are in our hands. That's what I do," he added.

Touching upon the topic of formats and occasions, Rana used to be in particular vital of the free-pistol match (50m) being scrapped.

Most shooters who shoot the 10m air pistol match, like Manu and Chaudhary, actually have a probability to do well within the 50m match. But the Olympic Committee dropped it in 2018. The last time it used to be part of the Olympics used to be at Rio 2016. It did not feature within the 2018 Asian Games as well.

"To cut down events is not the right thing to do," the nine-time CWG and four-time Asian Games gold medallist, Rana stated. "We were one of the best countries in free pistol. Jitu Rai was there, at a very good level, for almost like a decade."

"What are you going to get out of cutting down events?" he requested.

The 50m pistol is not part of the coming World Cup as well; on the other hand, India have a great opportunity of bagging a couple of Olympic quotas in different rifle and pistol occasions which can be part of the match.

But Rana stopped short of choosing any favourites.

"That's the only thing I don't do - to predict. If you go with a fleet of good shooters, then you have very good chances of winning medals. You will see somebody who was not even expected to win a medal, wins it. We should remember that. Everybody who is playing a World Cup is good enough to beat anybody in the world. It's their training and their preparation that makes a difference on the day of the event" he signed off.

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