Jaspal Rana Left Out by NRAI For Training Camp Before ISSF World Cup

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Jaspal Rana left out by NRAI as the coach of Indian Shooting. Image Source: The Week

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has left out hard-working coach Jaspal Rana to be a part of the training camp for the ISSF World Cup, that is to be held in the capital later this month.

Also, The NRAI did not assign any reason for not selecting Jaspal. On the other hand, they selected a number of juniors for the camp.

NRAI is considered to be one of the best national sports federations in India, reputed for its fair transparency. Therefore, the exclusion of Jaspal Rana seems to be bizarre as the NRAI had recommended him for the Dronacharya award last year just after the Asian Games ended in Indonesia.

 

Jaspal spilled some beans on this situation and stated that “It’s sad, I have not even been informed I was not needed at the camp. Without trying to take credit for the performance of shooters like Manu, Chinki and Saurabh, Adarsh Singh, I can say I have nurtured them all along.”

In all, 23 shooters have been chosen for the camp and a whopping 11 officials, which also comprises of two foreign coaches. The camp began in New Delhi on February 5 and will run till February 20.

Also Read: Journey of Indian Shooting Through Years

India’s promising shooters

The juniors made a big mark last year when they topped various- Khelo India Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and also the ISSF World Cups. It included Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala, Elavenil Valarivan. There are a few more like Chinki Yadav who also fit into the promising category.

Considering it to be the biggest shooting world cup at home with quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one expects that NRAI would be putting its best efforts in this direction.

On comparing their career graphs to what Jaspal has achieved, they pale in comparison. There is also an instance where one shooter has managed to get her personal coach into the camp from the NGO which supports her.

Disputes

Some emails give evidence about the mess created where junior and senior shooters, various coaches with “own interest” have been firing against each other.

 

Later on, an email by Raninder laid disputes to rest. He stated in his email that the best should be chosen for the World Cup without classifying junior and senior shooters and the only focus should be to win maximum quota places.

Jaspal felt let down for being excluded from the list and said,  “I am not upset just because I am not in the camp. But I wonder what will happen to the juniors who have been working under me. Their day began under my guidance and from sunrise training to practice schedules and so on, I wonder who will handle them now on. The juniors are still at a stage where they need to be treated with care.”

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