2010 was a period that saw Indian shooting go through a roller-coaster ride and come out on top, making the next year possibly the most exciting time for the sport in the country. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Shotgun fans can book Olympic Shotgun Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
Never before have Indian shooters shown such widespread consistency than in the last two years, which also formed part of an Olympic 2020 Games cycle. While the records tumbled, the record-breakers’ age ranged from making it a truly unique decade.
The number of Tokyo Olympic quotas, which now stands at a record 15, is an important reflection of the country’s rise in the sport. In Rio, there were 12 Indian participants but there was not a corresponding number of ISSF medals in the preceding Olympic cycle. The Tokyo Olympic, India won eight quota places at the ISSF World Cups in 2019 and one at the Championship in 2018.
The microcosm of the shooting’s journey in the last decade is symbolized by India’s Olympic performance. The 2012 London Olympic where India won the best-ever haul of two medals to 2016 Rio Games, where India could not the range the podium to 2019, and now when the hope for Tokyo is unprecedented with record quota spots won at International Shooting Sport Federation events. There was a time in 2012 an Olympic year that no Indian won a World Cup medal. There was a time when India almost had no representation in shotgun events at the Tokyo Olympic. When a team boasting of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, and Heena Sidhu reached the final of only two disciplines, it pointed at a much deeper-rooted problem.
The pains of the National Rifle Association of India and acting upon the report by the Abhinav Bindra-led committee who drafted a 36-page review about India’s display in 2016, helpful procedures were put in place and a robust junior program recognized which saw the incredible improvement in the last couple of years. The evolution can be seen in a year-by-year look at the number of medals India has won at international struggles in each year of this period. The rise, particularly at the ISSF World Cup which is held four times a year, is creditable.
In the history of the ISSF World Cup before 2019, India had won a total of 19 gold medals out of which only 11 came from rifle/pistol shooting events. The ISSF World Championships, the multi-sport tournaments Asian Games and Commonwealth Games come once in four years and the last period has seen Indian shooters get gradually better at that stage.
It is only in the Commonwealth Sports that the progress has been in inverse for Indian shooting. After 30 medals in 2010, the dependent finished third behind Australia and England in 2014. It should be noted that there were a pair of events in 2010, which enhanced the tally. In 2018, in keeping with the extraordinary rise of the young shooters, India topped the table again.