Olympic Shotgun: Eatonville Sharp Shooters Aim for the Tokyo Olympic

Nestled among the foothills of Mount Rainier, you’ll find the scenic town of Eatonville, Washington. The population is almost 3,000 strong, with some of the best sharpshooters in the state. 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.

The Upper Nisqually Sportsman Club has become another home for Eatonville High School students, Dylan Corey and Chace Loudin. They contested in the Washington State 4-H shooting championships. After shooting rifles for 5 years, both boys switched to shotguns, where the contest in skeet, trap and sporting clay.

“When you are challenging, and you see all the other shooters on the line, your heart is racing. You really do not want to miss any birds, you really get attentive and your blood starts running,” said Chace. 

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I like the attractiveness, lots of good shooters that you go up in contradiction of, and they always make you be on top of your game to win. It is a lot of fun to shoot with friends. Come out here, have fun, and it is also rewarding to watch the target break when you hit it. At the public championships, Dylan was in a position to bring home the title. 

It was worrying because you’re going up against people you have never seen, so you do not know if they are good or not. And then you get up to the line, and it is you against yourself at that point and your nerves are running, which makes it even harder. Chace completes the 5th and both capable to compete at the national championships in Nebraska.  

But the tension did not seem to bother Dylan. He shot a faultless round of trap and skeet. At the end of the day, he took 198 shots and hit 160 targets.  He won the state championship by fair one clay pigeon. It was great placing 5th in State. I totally did not expect that during my first year of a shotgun. 

“It was an excessive feeling. I knew I was near the top, but to hear my name called in front of everyone, was a great feeling,” Dylan said.

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Coach Stan Hudson said skeet shooting is about much more than good aim. It is not only training the kids how to be good marksman; it is more than that. It’s about duty and it’s about safety. Safety with firearms of any kind and it is about respect. Respect for the firearm and the sport. 

Hudson told the 4-H shooting teaches his students valuable life lessons and helps them connect with nature. In just over a year, the Tokyo Olympic gets underway in Tokyo. Skeet shooting has been an Olympic event since 1968, and now Dylan and Chace are taking aim at representing their country on a global rule.

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Olympic Shotgun: Indian Shooting Survived a Roller-Coaster Decade to Come Out on Top

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.

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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.

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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.

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Olympic Shotgun: NRAI Announces Tokyo Olympic Selection Trials from February 20

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has declared Tokyo Olympic selection trials in rifle, pistol, and shotgun for those shooters who do not have the required number of scores to rate them as per the selection policy.

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The trials will be held at the Dr. Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad. Tejaswini Sawant and Yashaswini Singh Deswal are the only two shooters who have won an Olympic 2020 quota but will motionless be subject to these trials, which are mostly meant for shooters on the periphery.

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Former world champion Tejaswini who won the Tokyo Olympic quota in rifle 3-positions event will need to shoot one trial. As per the policy, the Olympic 2020 quota winners would automatically get selected for the World Cup to be staged in Delhi in March.

In the case of Yashaswini, whose name figured in the list, it has been declared that it would suffice if she shoots the World Cup in Delhi, to render the required number of scores that will be taken into consideration for Tokyo Olympic selection.

In an event like men’s air pistol, in which Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma won two gold medals each in the World Cups last year, there will be trials for Arjun Singh Cheema Shahzar Rizvi and Ravinder Singh. Even in men’s rapid-fire pistol event, in which India has not won a Tokyo Olympic quota, there will be trials for Gurpreet Singh, Arpit Goel, and Bhavesh Shekhawat.

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The same is the case in men’s trap in which Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Lakshay Sheoran, Zoravar Singh Sandhu and Vivaan Kapoor have been named for trials. For the first time in 20 years, the Indian trap squad has not won an Olympic quota. There will be trials for women’s trap and skeet as well, even still there is no quota accessible as yet.

Since the National federation has the option of swapping some of the Tokyo Olympic quota places, it has maybe tried to keep all its selections open by getting everyone ready for the Olympic 2020 race. Except for rare instances, the Summer Games quota winners have all been pretty strong in holding on to their supremacy with good performances in their events so far.

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Olympic Shotgun: Making of Sharp Shooters in Olympic 2020 Games Race

Indian shooting regrouped itself in a brilliant fashion thereafter. Picking up the invaluable lessons from the Rio washout, it emerged as a world power and ensured the entry of 15 shooters for the Tokyo Olympic in the Olympic 2020 Games. Unlike Rio in 2016, which had 390 shooters, Summer Games will have only 360, which enhances the chances of everyone who makes it to the Games, to strike a medal or two.

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More than the number of entries, the Indian shooting asserted its strike power by topping the medals table in each of the four World Cups in rifle and pistol in Delhi, Beijing, Munich, and Rio in 2019. To cap the superb run, the Indian shooters also topped the medals table in the World Cup Finals in Putian, China.

In the year-end rankings, three Indian shooters Elavenil Valarivan, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Saurabh Chaudhary were No.1 in the world and presented the ‘Golden Target’ in a nice function in Munich by the ISSF. The filtering of the shooters for the final was also tuned nicely by the introduction of decimal scoring in air rifle and prone events.

“I am a true supporter of the decimal scores in the qualification round. The qualification process was not sensitive enough for air rifle and prone,’’ said the Olympic champion, Niccolo Campriani of Italy.

Of course, the prone event was eventually taken off the Summer Games program. The double trap has also been eased out. And the 50-meter free pistol also gave way, to the idea of gender equality. As an equal number of women had to be given the chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympic, the ISSF introduced mixed air rifles, mixed air pistol and mixed trap as additional events in place of rifle prone, double trap and free pistol events.

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World and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra faced a lot of fire, for being a part of the approval process, for the change, as the Chairman of the athlete’s committee of the ISSF. “Bindra, this is the worst decision ever made in ISSF,” Harald Stenvaag of Norway, a winner of two Olympic medals and three-time World Champion, was quoted as saying, on the removal of rifle prone from the Summer Games.

I am not the driving force behind any decision. It is a collective recommendation which is due to be taken up by the executive committee and admin council. You can all rest assured that I will voice all your concerns and thoughts as I have always done, Abhinav Bindra had assured the shooting fraternity.

Interestingly, the introduction of mixed events has enhanced India’s chances on the global stage. Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker swept all the four gold medals in the World Cups this season. Manu, who is studying the first year in college, also won the Asian Championship gold with Abhishek Verma and the World Cup Finals gold in partnership with Russian Artem Chernousov.

“Indian shooting has gone beyond the iconic names. We have got a good bench strength,” Raninder was once quoted.

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Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar, Apurvi Chandela, and Anjum Moudgil also won the World Cup medals in mixed air rifle, to assert India’s readiness to strike similar medals in the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo. Indian shooting was also strengthened by the conduct of many World Cups, the Asian Championship and the Tokyo Olympic qualifying event before the Rio Games, under the leadership of Raninder Singh, the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).

This is the ideal way to supplement the phenomenal support, in terms of finance and infrastructure, that the government is providing. No wonder India has become a world-beater, nicely adapting to the changes along the way. Indeed, with its wide base, Indian shooting has been able to develop high-quality shooters.

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Olympic Shotgun: India National Shotgun Trials for Tokyo Olympic Games

Olympian Kynan Chenai will be one of the leading shooters competing in the National shotgun selection trials, programmed to be played at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad. After the national championship, the shotgun shooters have already had one selection test. They will have the second and third trials, with trap struggle opening the action.

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Two other leading trap shooters former World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Prithviraj Tondaiman do not figure in the tilt for the trials. Shooters who have the essential number of scores in national and international actions have the pleasure to skip the trials.

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Young shooters similar to Vivaan Kapoor, Manavaditya Rathore, and the Asian Games silver medalist Lakshay Sheoran will be keen to scaling the rankings list and be capable of national duty in the main team for the Olympic 2020 Games.

In the women’s site, Olympian Shagun Chowdhary, World Cup silver medalist Seema Tomar, Rajeshwari Kumari, Manisha Keer, Varsha Tomar, Kirti Gupta, and Anam Basit will be some of the central shooters in action, trying to build their usual and represent the country in the Tokyo Olympic. Meanwhile, the first two sets of choice trials for rifle and pistol are planned to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The rifle and pistol trials are programmed to start with the men’s air rifle and will also have competition in Tokyo Olympic actions like the free pistol, standard pistol, centerfire pistol and rifle prone.

The final score is made of decimal points, with the extreme score per shot being 10.9 points and the maximum score of the final round being 490.5 points. The finalists start the match with zero points, no condition score is accepted into the final round. If there is a tie for the lowest ranking athlete to be rejected, the tie will be broken by one or more additional shoot-off shots.

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The final starts with three sequence of five shots in the kneeling place, each of them has to be fired within 200 seconds, the kneeling site is followed by a switch time of seven minutes; Three more sequences of five shots in the prone positions are then fired, each of them within 150 seconds; the prone position is followed by a second changeover time of nine minutes. Two series of five shots in the upright position are then fired, each of them within 250 seconds.

In the second standing series, the shooters with the two lowest scores are removed in 8th and 7th place. The five final single shots are fired on command and within 50 seconds each. After every single shot, the lowest ranking athlete is eliminated until the gold and silver medalists are categorical by the 45th and definite shot.

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Olympic Shotgun: Tokyo Olympic hopeful Dania Vizzi Aims to keep Shooting at a Disputed Gun Range

The group of champion skeet shooter and Tokyo Olympic confident Dania Vizzi is training in on another objective Pasco County.  Vizzi’s dad, Arthur J. Vizzi, issuing Pasco County over his girl’s utilization of a country, 53-section of the land site in Darby for target practice. The suit fights that state law appropriates the province’s position to direct the shooting range on the off chance that it isn’t working as a business.

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The claim comes after the family had looked for a region restrictive use license for the range. They pulled back their solicitation in November under two hours before a planned formal proceeding on the application. The family and district couldn’t concede to working conditions to be joined to the license, including long stretches of everyday use and establishment of a clamor decreasing embankment the Vizzis said was cost-restrictive.  That license application is relied upon to be a piece of the region’s reaction to the claim.

“The district’s place is that a contingent use is mandatory, and the Vizzis’ application for one is proof the region’s position is right, in spite of their very late withdrawal of the application,” senior associate County Attorney Kristi Sims said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.

The district has not documented a proper solution to Vizzi’s Dec. 16 claim.  Vizzi’s lawyers, Matt Newton and Jonathan Joseph Ellis of the Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick law office in Tampa, said the family’s grant application was a push to arrive at a trade-off with the province since the different sides differ whether the area had the position to control the family’s utilization of the property.

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Under state law, the area can’t control gun use on farming area, however, it can direct weapon ranges. The region has said the Vizzis turned their homestead land west of Bellamy Brothers Boulevard into a private skeet shooting range by raising structures on the property without region endorsement. The family utilizes the structures, known as trap houses, for capacity and to dispatch earth pigeons for target practice.

Newton said the Vizzi’s gave a letter to the area claiming all authority to seek after the legal dispute on the off chance that they couldn’t go to a concurrence on the grant conditions. The district, the attorneys stated, didn’t endeavor to determine the debate in accordance with some basic honesty.

“The region put in restrictions that would keep them from utilizing it as a shooting range,” said Ellis.

They gave them goals they understood the Vizzi’s did not go Dania Vizzi, 24, of Odessa in Hillsborough County, is a separate from the U.S. National Shotgun Team, a double cross-national hero, best on the planet, Tokyo Olympic confident and bronze winner at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

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She said she prepared six days every week by shooting a 12-check shotgun at earth pigeons in two-shot additions from 25 areas.  Vizzi’s folks obtained three packages totaling 53 sections of land in the rustic enclave of Darby in 2018 for $549,000 and introduced the snare houses. The region referred to Nov. 1, 2018, for building up the site without consent, however, the Vizzis were permitted to keep utilizing the range since they had applied for a suitable grant for Tokyo Olympic.

Neighbors questioned the shooting range during an October formal conference before the Pasco Planning Commission, battling the clamor upset their personal satisfaction and the flying ammo represented a security risk. Among the proof exhibited was an online life video indicating Dania Vizzi discharging an AR-15 rifle on the property.

“I don’t think AR-15 shooting is a piece of the Olympic 2020 Games,” Planning Commission part Jamie Girardi said at that point.

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He and the remainder of the Planning Commission affirmed the license application, yet just if the Vizzi family followed a rundown of conditions, including directing an untamed life study, introducing a commotion embankment and restricting the number of individuals on the property. Rather, the family dropped the application demand before a booked last hearing with the chosen region chiefs.

By pulling back the application for the contingent use license, however proceeding to utilize the range, the family again was considered infringing upon area codes. The area sent a stop this instant letter in November, saying the structures must be expelled by Dec. 15. The Vizzi claim came the day after that cutoff time. Sims informed district chiefs Nov. 19 on the potential for prosecution. The cases are allocated to Pasco County Court Judge Kent Compton.

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Olympic Shotgun: India Seeks to Win More Tokyo Olympic Quota

The Indian shooters will make an earnest final attempt to add to the nine Tokyo Olympic quota places that they have won, so far, for the Olympic 2020 Games. While the men and women have been camping in Doha, Qatar, preparing for the Asian Championship, the national junior team left for the competition.

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India’s gathering of nine quota places may not associate well with the 25 that world leader China has won so far, but India has done very well to declare itself in the air pistol and air rifle events in which it has won seven quotas. It will be able to field teams for the mixed air events in the Tokyo Olympic.

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The circumstance that India has topped the medals tally in all the four World Cups this season in rifle and pistol, in Delhi, Beijing, Munich and Rio is ample testimony to the prowess of the young guns, and the healthy progress the team has made from the last Olympic in Rio when it drew a blank.

Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela had secured the women’s air rifle quota last year in the World Championship. Saurabh Chaudhary and Abishek Verma have won the men’s air pistol quota places. In women’s air pistol also, India has caught the maximum probable two quota places through Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal.

Only Asian Games gold medalist Rahi Sarnobat, who won the allocation in women’s game pistol and the experienced Sanjeev Rajput who secured the men’s rifle 3-position quota, have managed to go beyond the air events, to enhance the collection. India will be keen to win quickfire quota places and the women’s rifle 3-position quota. There is an opportunity of plenty of medals, especially by the juniors, but the focus will be on the number of Tokyo Olympic quota that India wins in Doha, as it will be the last chance.

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The shotgun team has not been able to get hold of a single Olympic 2020 Games quota so far, for Tokyo Olympic, even though there are a bunch of high-quality shooters capable of achieving the target. Asia is fairly strong in shotgun, which has many variables and basics playing their part as associated with the identical atmosphere in the indoor ranges. It will be a challenge for the likes of former world champion Manavjit Sandhu, Olympian Kynan Chenai, or for that matter Mairaj Ahmad Khan who missed the skeet final in the last Olympic narrowly, to win the ticket to Summer Games.

The suggestions may be bright, but the health of the Indian shooting will be known only in the Tokyo Olympic. It is important that India has the numbers and quality to try and follow the fine examples of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, and Vijay Kumar, who won a gold, two silver and a bronze in all, in three successive Olympic in Athens, Beijing, and London.

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Olympic Shotgun: “Smith” Olympic champ in the shootout for Tokyo Olympic

Trap shooter Penny Smith has outgunned Rio 2016 gold medalist Catherine Skinner, edging ahead in a selection showdown as she targets her first Olympic 2020. Smith, Skinner and Laetisha Scanlan are vying to represent their country at the Tokyo Olympic, where Australia boasts two quota spots in the discipline and is fully expected to supply medal contenders.

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Smith finished fourth in Saturday’s final of the national championships but a dominant performance in qualifying means she tops the Summer Games selection leaderboard at the halfway point of proceedings. Smith bagged 239 points from the Commonwealth and national champions, outperforming fellow Victorians Scanlan (231) and Skinner (223).

New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney, who won silver at the Rio Olympic plus Saturday’s final at Lake Macquarie, was also part of this week’s talent-laden competition. Shooters’ three best scores from four selection events will be tallied up to decide who makes the cut for Tokyo Olympic.

The overall leader will automatically secure their Olympic 2020 berth, while a selection panel will determine who receives Australia’s second spot. Smith’s dominance comes two years after she was overlooked for the Commonwealth Games, having finished second in a similar selection process but missed out to reigning Olympic champion Skinner.

“It was a pretty big setback not making the Comm Games but it’s driven me to be an improved person, I’m more strong-minded to achieve my goals. I’ve knuckled down a fair bit,” the 24-year-old told AAP.

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Things happen in life for a reason. I’m certainly a stronger person and stronger shooter now. Really happy with the week, but both my finals were below average. There’s still a long way to go in terms of the Tokyo Olympic selection process. In men’s trap, James Willett is set to book his Summer Games return after winning both the Commonwealth and national championships this week.

Willett (248 points) leads Thomas Grice (242) and Mitchell Iles (236) on the selection table, with two spots up for grabs. In skeet, Paul Adams (246) leads the male Tokyo Olympic hopefuls while Laura Coles (234) and Aislin Jones (231) are in a tight tussle over the single women’s spot up for grabs. The next Olympic shotgun selection event starts on February 27 at the Melbourne Gun Club.

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Olympic Shotgun: Aiming at Tokyo Olympic boom, Japan builds ‘Ethnic Harmony’ honor to indigenous Ainu

On a wooded lakeshore in northern Japan, the government is building a modernist shrine that has divided the native Ainu community whose vanishing culture it was planned to celebrate. 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.

At a cost so far of $220 million, Japan’s “Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony” is on track to open in time for the Tokyo Olympic, part of a drive-by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to draw millions of foreign visitors to Japan and to the northern city of Sapporo, where the Olympic 2020 Games marathon will be run.

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The complex will consist of a museum, a replica of an Ainu village, many of which Japan ruined in its 19th Century colonization of Hokkaido, and a memorial housing the bones of hundreds of Ainu whose ruins were sent to campuses in the 20th Century.

For some surviving Ainu, whose precise numbers are unknown, the project underscores how Japan has failed to come to terms with its history even with more than a decade of negotiation on how Tokyo could meet its commitments to an indigenous group it officially familiar in 2008.

 “I think it is likely it could end up becoming a theme park,” said Ainu tattoo artist Mai Hachiya. People would come to see the dancing and other performances. It would be like a zoo.

They hunted, fished, experienced an animist religion and spoke a language distinct to any other. Japan took switch of Hokkaido by the power in the 19th Century and made it a colony. After opening it to Japanese pilgrims, it forced the Ainu, which is labeled “former aborigines,” to adjust.

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The actual number is projected to be much higher because many Ainu fears to recognize as other than Japanese and have moved to different parts of the country. Ainu children are half as likely to go to college as other Japanese and normal household earnings are suggestively lower, official data show.

Society was not accepting of the Ainu, and it still is not,” said Mai Ishihara, an anthropologist at Hokkaido University. There are still many people who keep their Ainu individuality secret from their children. Ishihara exposed at age 12 that her maternal grandmother was Ainu. She describes people separate from their roots as “silent Ainu.”

In 2009, after signing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Japan’s government began bearing in mind how to start a new policy for the Ainu. Early suggestions zeroed in rapidly on the creation of the government-funded “Symbolic Space” now taking shape on the shore of Lake Poroto near the town of Shiraoi in Hokkaido.

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In deliberations that decided in early 2018, Ainu councils asked for legal rights to state-owned land, more funding for teaching Ainu culture and language and an apology from Japan’s government. He told that an apology would be uncomfortable for many Japanese, as well as an insult to the Japanese pilgrims who built modern Hokkaido.

“We cannot do something if it is not achievable,” said Hiroshi Koyama, the official in charge of Japan’s Complete Ainu Policy Office.

“It would attention people’s courtesy on the bad things that happened and not the future. It would have been nice if the government had given us a place where we could carry out our traditional rites,” said Monbetsu, who burns birch shavings in prayer to the Ainu gods before stalking deer with a shotgun.

A group on behalf of about 2,000 Ainu supports Abe’s project, arguing it will deliver economic benefits from tourism and a forum focusing on Ainu culture and arts.  At a former school a short drive from the museum structure site, curators are formulating exhibits. Traditional Ainu coats hang in wild classrooms with knives, ceremonial sticks and heavy beaded necklaces laid out on tables. In the gymnasium, the dancer’s rehearsal next to stuffed bears and Ainu handicrafts.

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A draft brochure labels Ainu hunter-gatherer culture as “on the verge of extinction.” It makes no situation to Japanese policies that forced Ainu to accept Japanese names, speak Japanese and outlawed performances such as a traditional form of tattooing Hachiya is trying to revive.

Hachiya, 36, who is also a singer, has been asked to practice a routine with other Ainu players that may be included in the Olympic 2020 Games opening ceremony in Tokyo. That’s a hard thing to say, but if you look back on what was done, that’s what you have to conclude.

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Olympic Shotgun: Indian Shooting Takes Over the Tokyo Olympic

Many may like to believe that India’s success this year came through a process of slow and steady evolution, but the numbers show that in reality, Indian shooters just took a giant 19-kilo wrecking ball and shattered the glass ceiling. The year saw a total of 19 Golds at ISSF events in the Tokyo Olympic disciplines.

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In fact, in rifle/pistol events, India topped the medals tally at each of the 4 World Cups as well as the World Cup Final. And all of this happened in a year when all the World Cups offered Tokyo Olympic quotas, a fact which always results in increasing the competitiveness of the competitions even further.

The highlights of 2019 included Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary sweeping the 10m Air Pistol event at the World Cups with 2 Golds each, with Saurabh even making World records in the process. Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan combined to win Golds at 4 of the 5 World Cup events, as they, along with Anjum Moudgil, created a unique Indian 1-2-3 on the World Rankings.

Yashaswini Deswal overcame two heart-breaking World Cups in Beijing and Munich to secure the Gold at the Rio World Cup, while Manu Bhaker and Divyansh Panwar both laid their hands on the yellow metal in the World Cup Final. 

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The rifle mixed team event returned 5 medals, including 3 Golds, shared between the teams of Anjum Moudgil/Divyansh Panwar and Apurvi Chandela/Deepak Kumar, while the team of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary remained undefeated throughout the year in the pistol mixed team event, sweeping the Gold at all the 4 World Cups. It was thus fitting that at the World Cup Final, where mixed team events were contested between international teams formed by a random draw as opposed to national teams, both Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker still reached the Gold Medal match with their respective partners and competed against each other.

Amidst all the youth, Rahi Sarnobat had a resurgence securing the Munich World Cup Gold as well as the Asian Games Gold, and Sanjeev Rajput showed he still had a lot left in him with a Silver at the Rio World Cup. However, stalwarts like Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai, and Heena Sidhu all eventually lost their places in the national team, and slowly reduced their participation in competitive events despite neither of them officially retiring.

While the rifle and pistol shooters have reached unimaginable heights, the shotgun has unfortunately been a major let down. Indian shotgun shooters have failed to win a single medal at an ISSF event in the Olympic discipline throughout the current Tokyo Olympic cycle. One of the possible reasons for this is that rifle and pistol, especially at the rural level, have far fewer barriers to entry for youngsters.

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It is reasonably easier to set up a 10m rifle/pistol range in a village, than it is to set-up a large and secure shotgun range, besides the guns and ammunition also being cheaper. As a result, youngsters have tended to gravitate towards rifle and pistol, as opposed to the shotgun. Further, trap events have also been hit due to the absence of a foreign coach.

In terms of Tokyo, after the Rio debacle, there is a feeling among many fans that Indian shooters often do well in ISSF events only to falter at the big stage that is the Tokyo Olympic. However, looking at the numbers, this is decidedly not true. While Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai are definitely 2 shooters who failed to shine at the Olympic, other shooters have actually never had the results even in ISSF events that would make them the favorites at the Olympic 2020 Games.

Of course, Indian shooting has had many medal contenders, but not really medal favorites. The only other Indian shooters who would have been classified as medal favorites going into a Tokyo Olympic were Bindra, Narang, and Rathore, all of whom have Olympic medals to their name.

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However, in 2019, Indian shooting has shown astronomical numbers that are on a completely different plane from ever before. Thus, any comparison of the Tokyo Olympic chances of the current lot with those of the past is an exercise in futility. The growth can also be seen at the domestic level, with the number of shooters appearing for the national championships increasing every year, has now reached into the thousands. 

Many of our shooters will go into Tokyo Olympic as strong medal favorites, and the contingent would be highly disappointed to not return with our best ever medal haul, both in terms of number and color. And, hopefully, a successful Tokyo would pave the way for a new decade in which Indian shooting would not just be aiming for 1-2 medals every Olympic, but would actually be looking to be at the top of the shooting medals tally.

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