Indian shooting had an unprecedented season in 2019, especially in rifle and pistol.
India topped the medals table in all the four World Cups in Delhi, Beijing, Munich and Rio. The shooters capped the super run by topping the World Cup Final in Putian, China. It was a good augury before the Olympics in Tokyo, which eventually got postponed by a year.
When the selection panel meets to decide on the government sports awards, the shooters’ fare will come to the fore.
The driving force of India’s grand show was the 18-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker. It may be recalled that the two had won the individual air pistol gold in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018.
The duo swept all the four gold medals in mixed air pistol in the World Cups in 2019. It was like Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza winning all the four Grand Slams, without the matching monetary rewards.