India had three shotgun shooters in the Rio Olympic but none of them Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chennai and Mairaj Ahmad Khan – could make it to the finals. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Shotgun Tickets fans can book Olympic Shotgun Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
It may be drizzly podium finishes and Tokyo Olympic quota places for the Indian rifle and pistol shooters but the extended medal scarcity for the shotgun shooters has been unsatisfying. The shotgun shooters are yet to win a single Olympic 2020 Games berth and are left with just two events World Cup in Finland and the Asian Championship in Doha to ensure participation in Tokyo Olympic.
In stark contrast to this bleak scenario, India has already bagged seven Olympic Games quotas in pistol and rifle events. Top two finishers at the World Cup in Finland and the first three at the Asian Championship in Doha in November this year will earn Tokyo Olympic quota places for their countries.
Former trap shooter and currently a national coach, Mansher Singh, is confident of gunning down a couple of Tokyo Olympic berths. The training base of the trap shooters, near Bolognia in Italy, Mansher says We have not earned the quota places but our shooters, especially Kynan Chennai, have been hitting good scores. Kynan narrowly missed making the finals in two World Cups this year.
To improve our performance, I have been requesting the federation to provide the trap and skeet shooters with sports psychologists so that they can handle the crunch situations better. Since then she has upstaged many of the more experienced trap shooters to break into the senior team. She is definitely one for the future. I have a lot of faith in her abilities, says Mansher. The two other trap shooters in the women’s team include the veterans – Shagun Choudhury and Seema Tomar.
Angad Vir Singh Bajwa is India’s best bet in the event having won the gold in the Asian Shotgun in Kuwait. Manavjit who has signified India in three Olympic had missed out on the last two World Cups and the World Championship due to illness.
“I know the Olympic quota is up for grabs but I do not want to put too much pressure on myself. I am in a good frame of mind going into the World Cup. My preparations have been good since I won a bronze medal in the World University Games in Napoli last month,’’ says Angad.
The Indian women skeet team features a young line-up of Areeba Khan, Kartiki Singh Shekhawat, and Saniya Sheikh. Saniya had narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games last year.
All sports need a role model and hopefully, an Olympic medal in shotgun will trigger an upswing in its popularity in the country, believes Mittal. The Indian trap and skeet shooters will have to raise their game by several notches and hit the bull’s eye in the last two qualifying events for Tokyo Olympic.