Jitu Rai, who has won numerous medals and championships for India over the years, has been dropped from the Target Olympic Podium scheme of the government.
TOP Scheme drops Jitu Rai:
Indian shooter Jitu Rai was dropped from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme along with three more shooters on the grounds of lack of form which happened recently.
Three more track and field athletes were also eliminated on the grounds of below-par performances which was also seen recently. The decisions have been taken after a meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell.
Table tennis player Manika Batra who had won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games has been sanctioned Rs 2.4 lakh (approximately) for her coaching until the Asian Games. Training with coach Sandeep Gupta, use of support staff (physiotherapist, fitness trainer and masseur) and purchase of playing gear, will be purchased from the amount sanctioned to her.
Vinesh Phogat’s participation in the Gran Premio De Espana Wrestling championship where she won the gold medal. Rs 93,555 was already approved before for this and was made official in the meeting.
“Proposals of TOPS shooters of about Rs 50 lakhs who will be representing India at Asian Games and World Championships were approved at the meeting. A thorough performance review of shooters under TOPS was also undertaken and four shooters including Jitu Rai were dropped from the scheme, on the grounds of recent below-par performances and non-selection in Asian Games and World Championship squads,” a release from the Sports Authority of India said.
Jitu won gold in the men’s 50m pistol event from the 2014 Asian Games and bagged the gold medal from the men’s 10m air pistol from the Commonwealth Games in April. However, he’s experiencing a shortage of form, and that led him out of the Indian shooting team from the upcoming Asian Games.
Jitu Rai’s previous performance:
In 2014, in the ISSF World Cup at Munich, he won the silver medal at the 10-meter air pistol event. After this, in Maribor, Rai won two championships; silver at the 50-meter pistol occasion, and gold at the 10-meter air pistol event. In the process, he won three championships in nine days in the World Cup and became the first man to have won two medals in one cup for India. After his accomplishments, he was rated number 1 in the world, at 10-meter air pistol and number 4, at the 50-meter pistol, in July 2014.
Throughout the 2016 Olympics in the 10 M air pistol event, Jitu Rai made a remarkable comeback to creep into the final but failed to replicate his form as he finished last in the final of this 10 M air pistol event.
The guy from Lucknow dropped the plot early on and couldn’t recover, but was back for his favorite 50m pistol occasion on Wednesday. He left a flying start to the qualifiers with a 10-pointer, and then followed it up with two 9s. But that beginning didn’t last long as Jitu fell behind a bit with some good shooting in the latter area.
At one point, he fell to the 14th place after scoring 92 out of a possible 100 in the first round. He struck three bullseyes to hit a 95 from the next round and then take his total to 187 points. However, inconsistency could not stop Jitu Rai, as he fought once more at the third round.
He handled just 90 points in that round and fell to the 12th place. But, Jitu composed for the third round with some great shooting at the fourth and the fifth. It was not to be ultimately, though. After beginning the last round in the fourth position, he awakened his first three shots to slip to 6th.
With just the top-8 qualifying for the final, he came straight back to 4th but hit an 8 in the 6th shot. Another poor shot and he missed the final place by a very little difference. This downfall had been disappointing, where his transition took place from the finals territory to the 12th area.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he broke the Commonwealth Games record for men’s 10m air pistol with a total score of 235.1 points and secured his first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the relevant event. This was Jitu Rai’s second gold medal in Commonwealth Games.