The 33-man team part of the Indian shooting squad remains positive ahead of their top to Hangzhou for the upcoming Asian Games. Members of the team including the shooters, coaches and support staff expressed their sentiments during the ‘media day’ organised by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) at the DR Karni Singh Shooting Range (DKSSR) on Sunday.
The 19th edition of the Asian Games is set to take place in the city of Hangzhou, China from September 23 – October 8. The shooting competitions have been scheduled from September 24 – October 1. India is set to compete in 27 shooting disciplines which consist of individual, team and mixed competitions in the Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun categories.
Releasing a Media Guide on the occasion, Shri. Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, Senior Vice President, NRAI, who has now assumed Presidential duties, said, “The squad has just delivered one of the best ever performances in a World Championship, with their showing in Baku, where we won as many as four Olympic quotas. I know that all the coaches and the high-performance team have worked very hard in the camp and have prepared our shooters well for the Hangzhou Asiad. We have huge confidence in our talented shooters and expect a very good performance from them in Hangzhou.”
He added, “The Government of India and in particular the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Sports Authority of India, have as usual been guiding and supporting us and the shooters in every possible way. We likewise also request our friends in the media to support the team like they always have, as we embark upon another critical assignment this year.”
India has so far won a total of 58 medals in Sport Shooting at the Asian Games, including nine gold medals. Raja Randhir Singh began the medal journey with a silver in the Men’s Trap at the 1974 Tehran Games. Since then, India has medalled in Shooting at every edition of the Games, making it their third most successful Asian Games sport after Athletics and Wrestling.
In the previous Jakarta 2018 Asiad, India won a total of nine medals in Shooting, including two golds coming from Saurabh Chaudhary in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Rahi Sarnobat, in the Women’s 25m Pistol.
The Women’s 10m Air Rifle, is the first final scheduled at Hangzhou’s Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre range on September 24, 2023. Ramita, Ashi Chouksey and recent bronze medal and Paris Olympic quota winner at the Baku World Championship, Mehuli Ghosh, will be carrying India’s hopes on day one, which will also see the first qualifying round of the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol get underway.