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Why Indian shooters are way off the mark in Tokyo

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Shooting has given India the country’s only gold medal in an individual event of the Olympics. Abhinav Bindra has been India›s only individual Olympics gold medallist. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Vijay Kumar got Olympic silver, and Gagan Narang got bronze. So, the expectations from the Indian squad in Tokyo were high, but the hopes have been belied so far.

It is worth noting that there was similar hope ahead of the last Olympics in Rio, where India couldn’t win a single shooting medal. This time, the hope was that the squad in Tokyo will at least break that jinx. In Tokyo, India fielded a record 15-member squad across rifle, pistol and shotgun categories. This is the largest Indian shooting contingent at the Olympic Games, and probably the most prolific, too, with multiple current and former world No. 1 and World Cup gold medallists. They are a largely young side, with all but four on their first Olympics campaign. Here are some five major reasons for India›s poor performance in shooting so far.

The first reason is that the mistake we made in the Rio Olympics, the same happened this time too. It was inconceivable for shooters to be sent to Croatia just before the Olympics for 80 to 90 days. After coming from there, instead of improving, the Indian performance got worse.

Second, Jaspal Rana, who coached at least six shooters, including Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary at the national camp for nearly four years, was dropped from the Olympic-going contingent, though he himself was an accomplished international shooter. If Center Fire Pistol had been an Olympic event in his time, he would have become an Olympic champion in the 1990s. It was beyond comprehension to choose Raunak Pandit in place of Jaspal at the last minute. Although Raunak Pandit has also been a well-known international-level shooter, the experience of Indian shooters with him was completely new. This also had the opposite effect on the team.

Third, if Manu Bhaker›s pistol had malfunctioned, it was a blunder to spend 18 minutes on its repair while there was a stall of Morini pistols from Switzerland. Coaches could take their help. It is worth mentioning here that every shooter is given 15 minutes for the maintenance of the equipment. After that, 15 minutes of fighting time is given in which you can practice your aim. This is the time when you can set up your pistol. Every pistol has clicks. If it is normal for the pistol to go to 9 instead of 10 or to go to eight, then it can be set by clicking. In the 10 meter event, each shooter has to make 60 shots in one hour and 15 minutes. Had both the pistols been set a day earlier, this situation would not have happened. Anyway, every shooter has two pistols. Whether the screw in the pistol was loose or there was some other fault, it should have been known to at least a technically knowledgeable person.

Fourth, Russian coach Smirnov Pavel, who worked with the team for almost four years, was not sent with the team. It was an unfortunate decision for the shooters and the shooting community as a whole, while Oleg, another foreign coach who had been coaching for the national team of Brazil, was chosen after all, where he could not even deliver the expected results.

The fifth reason for Indian shooters to disappoint was that in the World Cup matches, many countries did not even send their eminent players because for them, instead of medals at this level, more important was to prepare for the Olympics secretly. 

National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh says that “the only thing I have to say is I can’t excuse non-performance. But I can only say this, remember that most of them are 19-year-olds. These are not adults. Some of them have fallen under the infamous Olympic pressure. There is nothing else I can say. If you see today’s performance, there was an Olympic record qualification score. It is not a joke. But then, 10 minutes later, in Stage 2, one of them does rather poorly, it’s really inexplicable in a way,” he was quoted.

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On the birth anniversary of former President of India Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, Droupadi Murmu paid homage on Friday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Taking to Twitter Murmu said, “The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, paid homage to Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 19, 2022). The President and officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of the portrait of Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma.”

Meanwhile, Shanker Dayal Sharma was the 9th president of India and besides this Sharma has been 8th vice president of India. As a President Sharma served from 1992 to 1997.

Moreover, Sharma was also the President of the Congress party from 1972 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1977 he became the Union Minister.

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“Sougata Roy is a veteran politician. He was a professor once upon a time. But we are stunned to hear the language he used to attack the opposition. He is telling his party cadres that shoes will be made by peeling off the skin. The day is not far away when people will beat him up with shoes. The TMC leaders will be beaten up with shoes in various parts of the state,” Ghosh said.

Roy had slammed the opposition parties for “maligning” the ruling party in Bengal after Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal, two of its leaders, were taken into custody in separate cases. Under the guise of protest, the TMC leader had declared that “shoes will be manufactured by peeling off the skin of those who believe they can get away by maligning the party.”

He later expressed regret over his remark.

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Roy responded angrily to the BJP leader’s statement, saying the man lacks “formal education.” The TMC leader further asserted that Ghosh was in contact with his party since the saffron camp no longer had faith in him.

Reportedly, he said, “It’s beyond my dignity to comment on what a person with little or no formal education is saying. Dilip Ghosh himself is in touch with our party as he no longer enjoys the confidence of the BJP leadership.”

The CBI detained Mondal for reportedly refusing to cooperate with it in a cattle smuggling case, while the Enforcement Directorate detained Chatterjee in connection with the school employment recruiting fraud.

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Taking to Twitter, NCS informed, “Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.1, occurred on 19-08-2022, 12:02;14 IST, Lat: 31.89 & Long: 78.67, Depth: 5 Km, Location: 92km SSW of Hanley, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

However further details are awaited.

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On the occasion of Janmashtami Prime Minister Narendra extended greetings to the people.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. May this festival of devotion and gaiety bring happiness, prosperity, and good fortune to everyone’s life. Long live Shri Krishna!”

Earlier in the morning, President Droupadi Murmu also extended a greeting to the people.

“Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. From the life of Lord Krishna, we can imbibe the qualities of providing education by doing selfless deeds for the welfare of the people. I wish that this holy festival gives inspiration to all of us to give priority to everyone’s interest with thought, word, and deed,” Murmu tweeted.

Meanwhile, on the eve of Janmashtami President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens living in India and abroad.

“Lord Krishna’s life and teachings included the message of well-being and virtue. He propagated the concept of “Nishkam Karma” and enlightened the people about the attainment of the ultimate truth through the Path of ‘Dharma’. I pray that this festival of Janmashtami inspires us to follow the path of virtue in our thought, words, and actions,” Murmu further said.

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The release of 11 men convicted in the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her 5-year-old daughter and 13 other people during the Gujarat riots in 2002 shocked an IAS officer from the Telangana cadre. As a woman and a government servant, Smita Sabharwal, also known as The People’s Officer, stated that upon learning of the discharge of the defendants in the Bilkis Bano case, she sat in shock.

“As a woman and a civil servant, I sit in disbelief, on reading the news on the #BilkisBanoCase,” the 2001-batch IAS officer tweeted. “We cannot snuff out her Right to breathe free without fear, again and call ourselves a free nation.”

Additionally, Bilkis Bano’s attorney made a statement on the survivor’s behalf in which she said that the release of the defendants had destroyed her confidence in the legal system and left her feeling numb.

“On August 15, 2022, the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again when I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life and took from me my three-year-old daughter had walked free,” she said in a statement released by her lawyer Sobha. “I was bereft of words. I am still numb.”

She has pleaded with the Gujarati government to “correct this harm” and restore her right to “live without fear and in peace.”

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“We took the decision on the basis of a Supreme Court order. We were asked to look at their (convicts’) behaviour and decide (on their early release),” Raulji told MoJo, a news portal. “We asked the jailer and learnt that their behaviour was good in the prison…also, some of the convicts) are Brahmins. They have good ‘sanskaar’ (values),” he added.

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While speaking on the problem of the import of crude oil and increasing pollution in the country Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that it is necessary to promote alternative fuels to reduce the import of crude oil and reduce pollution.

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