Tokyo Olympics: NRAI CEO Raninder Singh explained why Manu Bhaker and pistol coach Jaspal Rana stopped working together in the run-up to the Games, while also stating that the pistol shooters’ performance in Tokyo thus far has been incomprehensible.
Ravinder Singh, President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), admitted on Tuesday that some of the young shooters who have competed in the Games thus far had succumbed to Olympic pressure. India’s pistol shooters flattered to deceive in the first-ever 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event at the Games, prompting Raninder’s remarks.
Raninder Singh also discussed the disagreements that led to Manu Bhaker’s divorce with instructor Jaspal Rana, who was important in enabling the 19-year-old shooter to regularly peak at the top level during the Olympic cycle.
After their steady performances in big events, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary were anticipated to do well at the Games. However, due to an equipment malfunction on Sunday, Manu was unable to qualify for the 10m AIr Pistol Women’s final. Saurabh qualified for the 10m Air Pistol Men’s final after winning the qualification round, although he came in seventh.
Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Deswal, for example, we’re unable to reach the cut in both the individual and mixed team events.
Manu and Saurabh, the five-time World Cup gold medalists in the Mixed Team event, set a new record in Qualification Stage 1, but a bad performance from the former forced them to withdraw from Stage 2 on Tuesday.
“We’ve done all humanly possible in the build-up and preparation,” Reminder told reporters in Tokyo. “We followed the suggestion of the committee (former to develop a plan after the Rio Olympics) to the letter. It was a comprehensive examination after Rio.”