Over the years, shooting has been India’s most successful individual Olympic sport and
The young shooting brigade of the country is expected to carry on the legacy and stand tall to the expectations in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Games. The young generation of shooters have emerged dominant by breaking numerous records in recent years. India has already bagged the maximum number with 15 Tokyo 2020 spots along with the number of qualified competitors so far, setting the standards even higher. The Tokyo Olympics Schedule will witness events such as mixed doubles team each in pistol and rifle, which are being introduced for the first time at the Olympics.
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary are two of the top names that will be leading the list of prominent Indian shooters. Youngster Manu Bhaker’s achievements is expected to deem the most significant. A medal in 25m Air Pistol women from either her or Rahi Sarnobat is quite plausible. While Abhishek Verma, with already two gold medals to his kitty from his first ISSF World Cup final last year will aim to achieve another milestone in Tokyo.
Another medal expectant Saurabh Chaudhary has won countless gold medals at World Championships and World Cups and is one of the top contenders to win medals at the men’s 10m air pistol event along with Abhishek. The 2018 Asian Games gold medallist will also have a shot in the mixed pistol event alongside Manu. India’s Tokyo Olympics Medal Tally is expected to reach a minimum of 5 medals, which if achieved will undoubtedly leave a striving mark on India’s Olympic performance. Last but not the least, in the rifle event, India holds a strong ground with the top three shooters in the world – Elavenil Valarivan, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, who will be competing in the women’s 10m air rifle events. While in the mixed-gender event, hopes lie with Anjum and Divyansh Singh Panwar to add a silver medal to the tally. Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Sanjeev Rajput are two of the other notable shooters among the roster who are hopeful to carry on the game plan and make Tokyo the game changer for Indian shooting along with the other prominent names.