India completed their shooting mission at the 24th Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, finishing in second place with three gold and two bronze medals.
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Only Ukraine finished ahead of the 10-man Indian contingent, with six gold medals and a total of 12 medals. It was a commendable performance from the Indian shooters who secured the country’s best performance at the Deaflympics.
India currently ranks eighth in the medal table with seven gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
This is the first time that an Indian shooting team has taken part in the Deaflympics under the initiative of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
A delighted NRAI General Secretary, K. Sultan Singh, said, “It makes me even prouder to have such a dedicated and high quality team of professionals at NRAI. Without their hard work and dedication, this phenomenal performance would not have been possible in such a short time.
“Our coaches Anuja Jung and Priti Sharma even went so far as to learn sign language to teach better.
“My chairman, Mr. Raninder Singh, forever man of shooting promotion, also made it very clear from day one that there should be no stone unturned in the team’s preparations.”
He also thanked the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Sports for supporting the shooters.
“Mp. Minister, Anurag Thakur, MYAS, was himself on hand to mark the team, inspiring confidence and providing well-deserved recognition to deaf shooters.”
Dhanush Srikanth was the star of the shooting team, winning two gold medals in the men’s 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle competitions respectively. Priyesha Deshmukh was her partner in the mixed event.
Abhinav Deshwal won India’s third gold medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event while Shourya Saini in the men’s air rifle and Vedika Sharma in the women’s air pistol won individual bronze medals.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the NRAI and the All India Sports Council for the Deaf (AISCD), just three months before the Games, in which the sport’s national governing body would be actively involved from trials to the selection. coaching and training the team for the Deaflympics.
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