At the upcoming Games within the Japanese capital, India might be represented by a report 15 shooters, all succesful of successful a medal at sport’s greatest stage after an distinctive run of kind lately.
“It (the Indian shooting team) is certainly up there among our top prospects for an Olympic medal,” Raninder advised PTI in an interview.
The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, with the capturing occasions beginning a day after the opening ceremony and protecting the primary 10 days of the extravaganza, which might be held with out spectators owing to the pandemic.
Raninder is anticipated to be there in Tokyo, representing the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as its vice-president and never as NRAI chief.
Per week earlier than the Games start, he mentioned, “I certainly am hopeful (of a good show by our shooters). In fact, more than hope, I am confident that they will do very well.
“It’s an exquisite sturdy combine of youth and expertise. It is sweet that folks have expectations. It means we’ve achieved one thing proper,” Raninder, under whose stewardship the country’s shooters have grown by leaps and bounds, said.
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Considering their terrific run in the last few years, starting with the Olympic cycle in 2018, the NRAI boss has reasons to feel confident about a decent medal haul from his shooters at the Games.
Before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Indian shooters consistently dominated the sport, finishing top of the table in four ISSF World Cups in 2019 with teen sensations such as Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker main the best way.
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A heightened sense of expectation can put additional pressure on the shooters but Raninder remains optimistic and feels it will only aid the participants as the country’s shooting team looks to exorcise the ghosts of a disastrous outing at the Rio Olympics five years ago.
“It (expectation) certainly can (put further stress). But an Olympic athlete is understood to beat all such challenges and ship. Some athletes as thrive beneath stress. So stress can work each methods. We’ll discover out in Tokyo,” he said.
Rio 2016 didn’t go as per plans, and this time too, the Indian shooting team is heading into the Games with a fine record to boot and expectations to live.
“It is all a studying course of. The approach we’ve bounced again as a squad exhibits that we’ve left Rio behind and moved on on the very least. Now the target must be to create new reminiscences. Hopefully this time round, extra candy ones than bitter,” Raninder said.
After winning medals in each of the three Olympics since 2004, Indian shooters drew a blank in Rio despite entering the Games with a strong squad and an impressive record.
Considering the backdrop with all the uncertainty around the pandemic, from the organisational point of view, Tokyo could be an Olympics like no other in the history of the Games.
“I used to be listening to our desk tennis champ Sharath (Kamal) the opposite day and he was saying that though will probably be his fourth Olympics, with all these new guidelines and rules, even he was feeling prefer it’s his first Olympics. So you’ll be able to think about,” the NRAI chief signed off.