Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju informed that he has released Rs 5 crores for the creation of the latest laser technology and upgradation of the facilities at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range to keep Indian shooters at par with Tokyo Olympics shooting range.
Released Rs. 5 crore on laser technology to create Tokyo-like range in Delhi. Will upgrade the facilities at the Karni Singh Shooting Range to keep the shooters on par with the latest laser technology that would be used at the Tokyo Olympics. pic.twitter.com/X7lAv3p72D
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 2, 2021
India finished on top of the medal tally in the ISSF World Cup 2021 by winning 30 medals in total, claiming 15 golds, nine silvers, and six bronze. Kiren Rijiju expressed his delight over the success of the Indian shooters and hopes the shooters will perform well at the Tokyo Olympics.
India marked its sixth successive number one finish at the ISSF World Cup. The Indian team outperformed all the other 53 countries. USA and Italy finished second and third respectively, but they were miles behind India. The hosts portrayed strong domination in 10m air pistol, 25m pistol, 50m rifle 3P, double trap, and skeet events.
The Indian team would be hoping to continue this domination in Tokyo Olympics and bag some medals. There were nine Indians who finished at the podium for the first time in an international competition. While performers like Manu Bhaker, Aishwary Pratap Singh, Anjum Moudgil, Divyansh Singh Panwar proved their metal once again at an international event.
Shooting is going to be India’s biggest hope in getting gold medals at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Improving the infrastructure would benefit the current and next generation of talent in the shooting department. While the overall budget for sports has taken a hit due to the pandemic, shooting has received a big boost by getting this sum of money. Other athletes will be hoping that there will be similar investments in the near future to improve the quality of infrastructure.
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