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Devanshi Rana wins one more individual Gold in Khelo India

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There are some sport persons who are born to shine and bring laurels for the state n the country they are born in. If one achieves the outstanding triumphs n that too gold medals in the national n international sports’ competitions of repute, one after another, enhancing the country’s reputation then applauding n encouraging such extraordinary talents becomes our moral n professional duty as well as such budding sportspersons not only enhance the nation’s prestige but also become a credible source of inspiration to the budding sportspersons of the country.

I am talking here about none other then the daughter of globally famous shooter n presently the shooting coach Jaspal Rana’s gold medal winning daughter in pistol shooting who’d recently lived up to her famous shooting surname by way of winning the prestigious individual Gold Medal in under 21women’s pistol at the KHELO INDIA YOUTH GAMES in 2019 in PUNE.

According to Devanshi’s grandfather Narayan Singh Rana, who’s the founder of Jaspal Rana Shooting Academy in Dehradun his 19 year old grand daughter Devanshi living in Delhi led 23 – 20 before the last serious of five shots.

As per www.indiashooting.com report, the last series turned out to be dramatic as Anjali, who looked in the terrific form did not load all five bullets for the last series.

After shooting three hits out of four Anjali’s pistol has no ammunition to fire the fifth, for the possible gold. In contrast Devanshi who’d finished 8th in the same event at the ISSF Junior World Cup in SUHL last year registered only one hit out of five which was enough to secure the Gold.

Abhidnya Patil of Maharashtra who had topped the qualification with 579, took the bronze after loosing a long-drawn shoot-off to Anjali.
Earlier in the qualification, both Devanshi and Anjali had registered 567 to qualify for the final.
The Results:
Under-21 Women’s 25m Pistol: 1. Devanshi Rana (Delhi) 24 (567); 2. Anjali Choudhary (Haryana) 23 (567); 3. Abhidnya Patil (Maharashtra) 20 (579).

It may be recalled that Devanshi had won Gold, Silver n Bronze in earlier world championships held last year in various Pistol shooting events.

Her father Jaspal Rana is himself an International shooting Champion having won several Gold in Asian Games n many other prestigious global shooting events. Jaspal had won Gold in 1994 in Hiroshima Asian games follwed by three Golds in Doha in 2006.

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Sunil Negi hails from Uttarakhand and is a veteran journalist and author. He is a prolific writer and has carved a name for himself in the media world. He received the 'Golden Achiever Award' in the '90th AIAC Excellence Awards 2019' for his book ''Havoc in Heaven'' based on the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in which thousands of people lost their lives. He is also the President of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and majorly writes on Politics, Current Affairs, and Social Issues.



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DSRA approaches Delhi High Court for additional Dronacharya award for Jaspal Rana

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The international shooter of repute and Gold and Silver medals winner for India in the various prestigious global competitions including the Asian games, Jaspal Rana is said to be sidelined for the coveted Dronacharya Award. This has created quite a stir and furor in the country especially in the shooting sports fraternity of Delhi.

According to sources, the Delhi State Rifle Association (DSRA) was badly disenchanted with the government’s decision to exclude Rana as one of the important recipients of the prestigious Dronacharya Award. The Delhi State Rifle Association had on Friday approached the Delhi high court and expressed regret, and demanded justice for the highly experienced Junior Shooting International Coach Jaspal Rana.
It may be recalled that gold medalist and Asian Champion Jaspal Rana is currently the Junior Shooting Coach for Indian junior shooters. Heis credited for bringing laurels for the country in various international competitions and also for exceptionally molding the junior shooters like  Manu Baker and Anish Bhanwala. It is being felt by some quarters that he fully deserved this coveted award. His name was recommended three times by the chairman of the National Rifles Association of India.
In a tweet,  the leading advocate fighting sports cases wrote: Earlier today i.e. on the 24th August I appeared before the Hon’ble DHC (Delhi High Court) on behalf of DSRA seeking directions to @ India Sports to confer an additional Dronacharya Award to the most deserving nominee@ jaspalrana2806. HC has directed Sports Ministry to produce entire file pertaining to this years Dronacharya Awards on 27th August.
The National Rifle Association of India Raminder Singh wholeheartedly welcomed advocate  Rahul’s tweet, further tweeting in response “Finally Sir, I’ ve been sending the name of Junior Shooting Coach Jaspal Rana three years in a row.” He further expressed his solidarity through a tweet: ”Anything I can do i am a call away. Merit in sports also extends to Coaches and Officials so long as they work and produce the results.”
It may be remembered that under the outstanding training of junior shooting coach Jaspal Rana, the junior shooters Manu Baker and Anish Bhanwala and many others have brought gold and other medals in various prestigious international shooting competitions and brought laurels for the nation. Shooting Coach Jaspal Rana works hard and tours the world for various competitions and ensured that our junior shooters performed exemplarily.
Last year the junior shooters under Jaspal’s outstanding coaching produced extraordinary results in the Asian Games, Khelo India, Common Wealth Games and also in ISSF international competitions and bagged several medals. Jaspal’s daughter Devanshi Rana too bagged Golds in Khelo India and ISSF, the international championship in Australia. Baker, Saurav Chowdhary, and Bhanwala were the most distinguished medal winners.
It seems to some that international shooting gold medalist and coach Jaspal Rana has been deliberately overlooked. This is despite that he is an outstanding coach. He has assisted in the winning of many medals for the nation in India, Asian, Commonwealth, and ISSF games. He was also recommended for coveted Dronacharya Award thrice by National Rifles Shooting Association, as per its chairman Raminder Singh.
According to one member, of the 12 member selection panel of the national sports awards, Jaspal Rana was actually ignored for this year’s Dronacharya award after his proteges, including Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudharymentioned him only as their mentor in the official records. According to a member of the selection panel, none of his wards have declared him as their coach while filing the required affidavits to come under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). While Saurabh had mentioned Amit Sheroen as his coach in the official records, Manu and Anish Bhanwala had named Suresh Kumar and Harpreet Singh respectively.
“We went by what the athletes have declared in the official records. None of Jaspal Rana’s so-called proteges have named him as their coach in the affidavit filed up to be a part of the TOPS,” the member told PTI on condition of anonymity. “It was a fair decision. How can we award someone when his proteges have not mentioned his name as their coach? “That was the main bone of contention and that went against him. It was a fair and unanimous decision,” he added.
According to a Sports Authority of India (SAI) source, Rana also had to pay the price for disciplinary issues after not being present during Manu’s 25m pistol final at the Munich World Cup in May this year. “Rana had traveled as the pistol coach for the Munich World Cup but during Manu’s final, where her weapon got stuck twice, he was not present. That cost Manu and the country an Olympic quota place,” the source said.
Former football captain Bhaiching Bhutia, who was a member of the selection committee, also said that it was a unanimous decision as they were entitled to pick just three candidates for the Dronacharya award. The National Awards Committee stated that Rana had failed to meet a number of criteria required for the award.
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Olympian Bindra disappointed for not selecting Jaspal Rana for Dronacharya award

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Jaspal Rana is amongst the best of the Indian shooters.

He had bagged a good number of gold and silver medals in the Asian and the Common Wealth Games. He is also credited for training young and budding shooters like Manu Baker, Saurav Choudhary, and Anees Bhanwala.

They are international shooters who have brought several medals for India in various international shooting championships. Jaspal’s daughter Devanshi Rana who is just 19 years has also won many Gold medals in international shooting championships in the junior category. She has also won gold in the Khelo India national competition.

However, now Olympic medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra is now annoyed with the members of the national selection panel. This is because Jaspal’sname is not included in the panel of awardees for the prestigious Dronacharya Award. Abhinav expressed his disappointment over this development. Abhinav Bindra praised Jaspal Rana for being an outstanding coach and shooter of international repute.

Abhinav Bindra said that Jaspal Rana has attained excellence in training the young and the budding shooters of India. These shooters have brought laurels for the country in shooting, despite this, his name has been overlooked for the prestigious Dronacharya award. He added that this gives his wards the impetus to train harder and prove the selection committee wrong in the international shooting competition at Tokyo in the year 2020. Olympian shooter Abhinav Bindra tweeted: ‘I can attribute much of my success to having wonderful coaches. @jaspalrana2806 has earned my respect as one of the best and it is disappointing to see him overlooked for the Dronacharya Award. Hope this gives his wards the impetus to train harder and prove the committee wrong at Tokyo 2020.’

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Abhinav Bindra said that by excluding shooting coach Jaspal Rana the Indian team has now more challenges ahead. Uttarakhand Journalists Forum and NewsViewsNetwork wish Jaspal Rana the very best in all his future endeavors.

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Mexico Shotgun World Cup: Indian shooters to aim for 8 Tokyo Olympics spots

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A 12-member Indian shooting contingent will vie for a total of eight Tokyo Olympics quota places when it open its campaign at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup to be held in Acapulco, Mexico from March 19 to 26.

There are two quota places each on offer in women’s Trap, men’s Trap, women’s Skeet and men’s Skeet disciplines. However, there are no quota places at the mixed Trap event.

A total of five events are scheduled at this year’s first Shotgun World Cup, beginning with the qualification rounds of the women’s Trap event.

The Indian contingent includes former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu in the men’s Trap and current finals world record holder in the men’s Skeet Angad Vir Singh Bajwa.

India have won a total of three Tokyo Olympic quotas in shooting so far, among the top five quota winning countries in the world. However, all of them have been in the Rifle and Pistol disciplines.

Besides 12 competitors across five medal events, Zoravar Singh Sandhu will also compete in the MQS (Minimum Qualification Score) category in the men’s Trap.

A total of 351 athletes from 61 nations will be seen in action in the tournament.

Indian team:

Men’s Trap: Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai, Prithiviraj Tondaiman.

Women’s Trap: Shagun Chowdhary, Rajeshwari Kumari, Varsha Varman.

Men’s Skeet: Mairaj Ahmed Khan, Sheeraz Sheikh, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa.

Women’s Skeet: Rashmmi Rathore, Simranpreet Kaur, Maheshwari Chauhan.

Mixed Trap: Kynan Chenai, Shagun Chowdhary, Prithviraj Tondaiman, Rajeshwari Kumari.

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ISSF Shooting World Cup: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team

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Chaudhary striked a gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup here on Wednesday. The duo scored 483.4 points to finish on top of the podium.Other Indian pair in the fray Heena Sidhu and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the final round of the event.

The silver medal in the event was won by Chinese pair of Ranxin Jiang and Bowen Zhang with a score of 477.7 points while Korea’s Minjung Kim and Daehun Park settled for the third position with 418.8 points.

On Sunday, Saurabh had created a world record by winning gold medal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event of the World Cup. Manu Bhaker, on the other hand, had finished fifth in the women’s 25m Pistol event.

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Shooting World Cup: Won’t send marksmen to India if visas not issued, says Pakistan shooting body

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The Pulwama terrorist attack has cast doubt over Pakistan shooters’ participation in the season-opening shooting World Cup in New Delhi, with the country’s federation Monday saying it will not send its marksmen if the visas don’t come through by this evening.
The ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.
“We will wait till 6.00 today if we get the visas fine, our contingent will travel to Delhi, but if we don’t get visas today than we can’t go at a short notice as the championship begins from 21st February,” National Rifle Shooting Federation president Razi Ahmed told PTI.
The official said they were yet to get visas from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad despite applying well in advance.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said the Indian government had given clearance for the applications, but that was before last Thursday’s dastardly attack.
At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan has applied for visas for two shooters in the rapid-fire category — GM Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — for the World Cup.
“We have applied for visas on schedule but until an hour ago we had not been issued the visas so we are waiting,” Razi said.
Razi said the secretary of NRAI had assured him since the Indian home ministry has given clearance.
“Due to the changed situation in the last few days we don’t know whether we will be issued visas,” he said.
Razi said air tickets had been booked as well NOCs (No Objection Certificates) obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for use in the championship.

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DEVANSHI AND OTHER JUNIOR SHOOTERS BACK TO INDIA AFTER WINNING TWO GOLD MEDALS FOR COUNTRY IN GERMANY

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The daughter of the international shooter, winner of several gold medals in the Asian and Commonweath games in the past, Jaspal Rana’s daughter Devanshi Rana alongwith other junior world gold winners credited with bringing Indian team in the ISSF shooting global competition to second position amongst the junior world competing nations that included mighty China as well held in Germany have returned back to India with hundreds of their well wishers cheering and congratulating them at the New Delhi International Airport with bouquet and garlands.

Prior to this International World champion ship event of Germany, Dewanshi has bagged two back to back gold medals in the prestigious junior 10 metre pistol shooting championships held in Sedney, Australia, as well.

According to Dewanshi’s father Jaspal Rana who was in Germany during this prestigious world cup event in his capacity as the Coach and trainer, the prodigy international junior shooters viz Dewanshi Rana and Saurabh Choudhary have won a gold medal in the 10 meter pistol event and in another event she alongwith Manu Bhaker and Mahima Aggrawal have sought aother bronze for the nation.

The entire sports fraternity, especially the shooting federation have complimented Devanshi Rana and her co shooters for their outstanding achievements in the foreign land thus raising the nation’s flag high amongst good number of competing countries of the world.

It may be recalled that while Dewanshi’s father Jaspal Rana is an celebrated international shooter having brought laurels for the country in Asian and Common Wealth games her grandfather is the chairman of the Uttarakhand Rifle Federation as well as the former minister in the government of Uttarakhand.

Jaspal is running a shooting academy in Dehradun where good number of budding shooters are being ably trained for the various national and international shooting championships.

After reaching Delhi Devanshi was personally invited by the chief minister of the national capital territory of Delhi Arvind Kejrival who congratulated and felicitated her in his office at Delhi secretariat.

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Subhash Rana selected as Intl pistol jury in Goldstock Common wealth Games, Australia

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There’s another feather in the cap of the Rana family of Garhwal Uttarakhand, after the 19 year old junior ace shooter and daughter of the former Asian Champion and four time Gold medalist in Asian Ace shooting Jaspal Rana’s daughter Devanshi Rana and her entire team fetched the Gold medals in global Junior Ace Shooting competition in Sydney Australia yesterday defeating China thus bringing outstanding laurels for India and Uttarakhand. There is another good news that Jaspal’s younger brother and shooting champion Subhash Rana has been given the privilege to be one of the jury in Pistol shooting global competition of ISSF World Cup being held in Sydney, Australia.

He is the only Indian to have been appointed as the Jury in the international Shooting competition. It may be recalled that Subhash Rana has been designated as International jury for the third time in a row.

Earlier Rana was the jury in 2010 in Delhi and at Glaslow Commonwealth games in 2014 whereas this time he got the privileged opportunity by the Common wealth games committee to be the pistol jury in the Goldstock international shooting games.

As per the information available the common wealth games 2018 are starting from 4th to 15th April in the Gold Coast city in Australia’s Queens land township.

The people of Uttarakhand and the entire sports fraternity in particular have expressed their pleasure and happiness in the elevation of Subhash Rana as the international pistol jury in these games for the third time in succession.

It may be recalled the an Arjun awardee in the offing Subhash Rana is the younger son of the former Uttarakhand Minister and president of Uttaranchal State Rifle Association Narayan Singh Rana who primarily hails from Chilaasu village of Jaunsar in Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
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