India has huge expectations from shooters in Tokyo Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju
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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju expressed his feelings that India has huge expectations from its world-beating shooting contingent in the Tokyo Olympics, This faith was strengthened by the country’s terrific show in the ongoing ISSF World Cup.

India is heading the medals tally by some distance, so far won nine gold, five silver and as many bronzes for a total of 19 podium finishes in the tournament at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

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“We have huge expectations from shooting in Olympics, they have been doing extremely well for a long time now and it has raised the expectations. The government is also doing everything possible, making that extra effort in fulfilling the requirements and needs.” Kiren Rijiju said

Such has been the country’s supremacy that it has proved the women’s 25m pistol finals with Chinki Yadav winning the gold medal ahead of Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker after Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event. Rijiju, who was in attendance at the range on Wednesday, chatted to tournament broadcaster Sony Liv after the women’s 25m pistol finals.

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Last month, Rijiju also stated that a shorter and convenient quarantine period would be put in place for the World Cup in order to not discourage international shooters from competing at the event. A month before the tournament, a request was laid before the ministry that shooters be excused from the hard quarantine of 14 days and foreign delegates be given vaccine shots on priority. Now, as many as 294 shooters from 53 countries are participating in the tournament.