National Rifle Association of India dumps Jaspal Rana

first_imgThe National Rifle Association of India has left out the name of hard working coach Jaspal Rana to be part of the camp for the ISSF World Cup to be held in the capital later this month.In all, 23 shooters have been chosen for the camp and a whopping 11 officials, which also comprises two foreign coaches, have been attached with it. The camp began in the Capital on February 5 and will run till February 20.Considering that there are a number of juniors who have also been drafted into the camp, no reason has been assigned for not selecting Jaspal as a coach.Last year, when juniors came out tops in various events – Khelo India, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and also the ISSF World Cups – they had made a big mark. It included Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Anish Bhanwala, Elavenil Valarivan. There are a few more like Chinki Yadav who also fit into the promising category.By and large, the NRAI is considered to be one of the better national sports federations in the country with a fair amount of transparency. However, the exclusion of Jaspal Rana looks very strange as the NRAI had recommended him for the Dronacharya award last year just after the Asian Games ended in Indonesia.”It’s sad, I have not even been informed I was not needed at the camp. Without trying to take credit for the performance of shooters like Manu, Chinki and Saurabh, Adarsh Singh, I can say I have nurtured them all along,” said Jaspal.advertisementConsidering that this is the biggest shooting World Cup at home with quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one would imagine the NRAI would be putting its best efforts in this direction. There are names of coaches in the list who have hardly shaped any careers and compared to what Jaspal has achieved, they pale in comparison. There is also an instance where one shooter has managed to get her personal coach into the camp from the NGO which supports her!Mail Today has learnt that in the last one month, there have been a series of exchange of emails between coaches at various levels. It was like a virtual cross-fire and finally Raninder Singh, the NRAI president had to step in.As per some of the emails, juniors shooters versus senior shooters, various coaches with “own interest” at stake have been firing at each other. Finally, it was an email from Raninder which laid disputes to rest. He had emphatically stated in one email, junior or senior classification must end and before the World Cup, the best should be chosen and focus on winning maximum quota places.Back to Jaspal, he feels let down by the federation. “I am not upset just because I am not in the camp. But I wonder what will happen to the juniors who have been working under me. Their day began under my guidance and from sunrise training to practice schedules and so on, I wonder who will handle them now on. The juniors are still at a stage where they need to be treated with care,” said Jaspal.A year before the Olympics, one would have thought national sports federations will be working with other partners to maximise efforts. In the case of NRAI, which in the past, too, has accommodated some shooters/experts out of turn, to leave out Jaspal Rana seems a case of bias. Hopefully, the NRAI president, also vice president of the ISSF, will be able to find out what went wrong.last_img read more

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