Men's shooting was one of the nine events at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, in 1896. In the Paris Games in 1900, live pigeons were used as moving targets. Thankfully, people started to realize what a barbaric practice this was and replaced the pigeons with clay targets. In 1907 the International Shooting Sport Federation came into existence. The women's shooting disciplines were only included in the Los Angeles 1984 Games. The sport first appeared in 1896. There were also events in 1900, but none were contested during the 1904 and 1928 Games. Shooting became an Asian Games event at the Second Asian Games in Manila, Philippines, in 1954.
Men's shooting was one of the nine events at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, in 1896. In the Paris Games in 1900, live pigeons were used as moving targets. Thankfully, people started to realize what a barbaric practice this was and replaced the pigeons with clay targets. In 1907 the International Shooting Sport Federation came into existence. The women's shooting disciplines were only included in the Los Angeles 1984 Games.
National Rifle Association of India
Established in 1951, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) is the central body for the administration and promotion of shooting sport in India. The first speaker of Lok Sabha - G.V. Maviankar - was the founder President of NRAI. The NRAI is networked throughout India, through its 46 State Rifle Associations/Units located in different parts of the country. It holds national level competitions in rifle, pistol and shotgun events. India has also played host to a slew of international shooting events like the ISSF World Cup and the first Commonwealth Shooting Championship at Delhi in 1995.
NRAI deserves kudos for the remarkable improvement in the standard of the game in India. It played an active role in the construction of Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi, which was the first range in the country built as per International standards. Today, India has a number of talented shooters to boast of, who have raised the standard of the game and fetched national and international recognition to it.
Major Shooters in IndiA.....
Abhinav Bindra is the brightest star among a new breed of talented Indian shooters. Born on 28 September 1983 to an affluent Punjabi family, Bindra developed the passion for the game at an early age. He became a shooter at the tender age of fifteen. He was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
In a sport like shooting, which is traditionally considered the fiefdom of men, Anjali Vedpathak-Bhagwat's emergence as an ace shooter has been like a whiff of fresh air. Fondly known as 'Arjuna of India' and 'Indian shooting queen', Anjali has inspired a horde of young women to take up the sport of shooting. The ace shooter was born in Mumbai to a Marathi family.
Jaspal Rana is one of the most outstanding shooters India has ever produced. Born on 28 June 1976, Rana lent a glamorous touch to the sober game of shooting, both with his astounding achievements and with his good looks. Contesting primarily the 25 m Centre Fire Pistol category, Rana has secured medals for a number of times. He has won a gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games, 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2006 Asian Games as well.
Dr. Karni Singh
Maharaja of the erstwhile princely state of Bikaner, Karni Singh was a legendary shooter in the Indian shooting circuit. A shooter par excellence, Singh was world renowned for his outclassed talent and brilliant performance. However, he did not restrict himself to shooting and had varied interests as well. This is well reflected from the fact that Singh indulged in playing tennis, golf and cricket as well.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been the poster boy of Indian shooting ever since he won the first individual Olympic silver medal for India, in the 2004 Athens Games. Rathore brought the entire nation to its feet with that awe-inspiring performance, in Men's Double Trap event. The event has already become a part of Indian sporting folklore for the sheer delight it brought to this humongous nation of one billion people.
Shooting has been a popular sport in India and was a favorite game with the Maharajas of the former princely states of India. The need to be adept and an expertise in shooting was an essential constituent to be a true royal descendant. This is one of the reasons that the origin of some of the leading shooters of India can be traced back to the erstwhile imperial families of India.
Shooting has been one of the most popular games in the India. In the ancient times, the need to be a master in the field was imperative, taking into consideration the colossal empires handled by the Maharajas. To be a true royal descendant, one had to have a forte at shooting. In the present times, shooting is looked upon more as an activity or game. Talking about the famous Indian shooters of the present era, Samresh Jung is one name that comes to mind.
Dr. Karni Singh
- Won the National Championship in Clay Pigeon Trap and Skeet for 17 years in a row.
- Silver medal at the 38th World Shooting Championships at Cairo in 1962
- First shooter to be awarded the Arjuna Award (1961)
Maharaja of the erstwhile princely state of Bikaner, Karni Singh was a legendary shooter in the Indian shooting circuit. A shooter par excellence, Singh was world renowned for his outclassed talent and brilliant performance. However, he did not restrict himself to shooting and had varied interests as well. This is well reflected from the fact that Singh indulged in playing tennis, golf and cricket as well. He also loved flying, mechanics, photography and oil painting. Singh was an active member of the Asiatic Society of India and the Bombay Natural History Society. A true-blue royal, Singh was the front runner of Indian shooting sport.
To honor this exemplary ace shooter, India's only international standard shooting range in Delhi has been named as Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Shooting Sport at Commonwealth Games,Delhi 2010
|Schedule||6-13 October 2010|
|Medals at Stake||23 Gold, 23 Silver, 23 Bronze (Men)|
13 Gold, 13 Silver, 13 Bronze (Men)
|Top PLayers||Gagan Narang (India)|
Mr. Sunny Thomas is the only shooting coach to be awarded the Dronacharya Award
Rifle shooting was an exhibition sport at the 1976 Paralympic Games in Toronto, Canada. In 1980, pistol shooting became an official medal sport.
Originally, the Paralympics were viewed as a form of rehabilitation and recreation for the disabled. Now, it has evolved into an elaborate and highly competitive sports meet.
As a special reminder, please do not confuse theSpecial Olympics with the Paralympics. While each event is extremely worthwhile, they are vastly different in their respective goals and participants. This is not meant to downplay the significance of the Special Olympics, but it is to help distinguish one event from the other.