Explained: Shooting events in which India has a chance to win medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


With only 23 days before the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Indian shooting team is in full preparation gear for the quadrennial event later this month in Japan. The enthusiasm and expectations among India’s Tokyo-bound shooters are palpable.

India has made news in recent years by capturing many medals at international shooting competitions. It’s no surprise that they’ll be one of the top shooting teams at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In recent years, the youngsters’ performances have been outstanding.

At the quadrennial tournament, the 15-member Indian shooting contingent is anticipated to steal the show. They’ve been practicing in Croatia for almost a month and competed in the 2021 ISSF World Cup in Osijek, winning four medals. After the current shooting World Cup concludes, Indian shooters will depart for Tokyo.

The Indian medal prospects in Shooting at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Women’s 10m Air Pistol, No. 2:

India can hope for a medal in the women’s 10m air pistol as Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal will be featured in the event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Manu Bhaker has established herself as one of the best pistol shooters India has ever produced. She is considered one of the favorites to win a medal in the 10m air pistol event at the quadrennial extravaganza in Japan.

At the ISSF Junior World Cup, 2018 Youth Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, and ISSF World Cup Final, Manu Bhaker won five gold medals in the individual event of a 10m air pistol.

Yashaswini Singh Deswal will also be aiming for an Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the ISSF World Cup, she holds two gold medals. She won her second gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in 2021, defeating Manu Bhaker.

The Women’s 10m air rifle is another shooting event in which India is likely to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela will compete for India in this event.

Elavenil Valarivan is one of the Indian shooters to watch out for at the quadrennial event in Japan. The 21-year-old broke into the limelight when she won the gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In April 2021, Elavenil was selected to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics.

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