Junior World Cup medalists felicitated by the National Rifle Association of India
Medal winners of India’s Junior Shooting squad at the recently concluded International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Gabala, were felicitated by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the sports governing body in the country, at a function held at the national capital’s Karni Singh Shooting Range.
The team won a total of 24 medals in the competition, including nine Gold, five Silver and 10 Bronze medals to finish an impressive second in the overall medals tally. Russia topped the table with a total of 25 medals including 12 Gold medals.
The medalists received cash awards along with certificates. Their performance was an improvement from the fourth place finish achieved at the year’s first junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, where the Juniors had won a total of 10 medals including three Gold medals.
The standout performances in Gabala included individual Golds in two Olympic events - Shubhankar Pramanik’s 50M Rifle Prone Gold and Rushiraj Barot’s Gold in the 10M Air Pistol event.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raninder Singh, President, NRAI, said, “Junior shooters started from scratch in the last two years and today Seniors are also threatened. Apart from the performances in Rifle and Pistol events, there were excellent results in Shotgun as well. I only want to say that you are the future and you will be competing in Tokyo 2020.“
“We must have some form of transitory policy to safeguard the interest of shooters. The Junior coaches have done a wonderful job and parents have played a very important role as well. This felicitation is a small gesture from the federation and the Juniors have earned it,” he added.
Cash rewards included INR 5000 each for each Gold medal winner in the Team category, INR 3000 each for Silver and INR 2000 each for Team Bronze winners. For winners in individual events, the cash rewards included INR 11,000 each for Gold medal winners, INR 7500 each for Silver and INR 5000 each for Bronze medal winners.