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From the amount of newsprint and daily discussions dedicated to cricket, it is not tough to identify India’s favorite sport! Even though hockey is the official Indian sport and football enjoys a fair degree of popularity, the Indian cricket team is the most loved, often despised and debated group of players in the subcontinent. Aside from cricket, football and hockey – Indians follow lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, weightlifting and boxing. Sports like car racing and [...]

Manavjit Singh Sandhu is one of the leading Indian shooters spearheading the realm of international shooting. Sandhu made a name for himself in the arena of shooting after his successful stint at the Men’s Trap event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, where he won a bronze medal. He then went on to win the gold medal at the International Shooting Feat Federation (ISSF) World Cup. Sandhu’s success in the world of shooting resulted in him [...]

Vijay Kumar born 19th August 1985, is an Indian sports shooter and is from Barsar village of Hamirpur district, Himachal Pradesh. He is currently serving as Hon. Captain (Subedar Major) in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army and has been posted at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) at Mhow in Indore District, Madhya Pradesh where he is coached by Pavel Smirnov. In 2007, he received an Arjuna Award in the sport of shooting. At [...]

Samresh Jung, an eminent sports personality who has carved out a niche for himself in the arena of shooting, was born on 5th May 1970. Samresh Jung, who specializes in the category of air pistol, has many a claim to his fame and has been heaped with numerous awards and accolades. A resident of New Delhi, Jung is an employee of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). It can be said the shooting was infused [...]

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the eminent shooter came into the spotlight when he bagged the first individual silver medal for India in the Men’s Double Trap shooting event at the Summer Olympics of 2004 in Athens. He also won the gold medal in the team and individual events in the Men’s Double Trap at the Asian Clay Shooting Championships, 2005 that was held in Bangkok. He born on 29 January, 1970 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan has made [...]

Jaspal Rana, one of the eminent luminaries from the world of shooting, was born on 28th June 1976, in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi District. His childhood was spent in the capital city, New Delhi. In fact, he even did his schooling from Delhi’s K.V. Air Force School and then went on to attend the elite St. Stephen’s College and Sri Aurobindo College. Jaspal Rana’s mentor and his source of inspiration was his father Shri Narayan Singh Rana, [...]

Anjali Bhagwat or Anjali Vedpathak-Bhagwat, formerly known by the maiden name Anjali Ved Pathak, is one of the luminaries from the world of shooting. She was born in a Marathi Deshastha family in Mumbai. A professional rifle shooter, Bhagwat soared to the zenith of fame and success when she won four coveted gold medals for her country at the 2002 Commonwealth Games at Manchester. Anjali Bhagwat emerged victorious in the singles as well as pairs [...]

Abhinav Bindra, one of the eminent sports personalities hailing from the Indian subcontinent, has many a claim to his fame. Born in the year 1983, in Punjab Bindra is a promising and talented youngster who has made his mark in international shooting. Abhinav Bindra indefatigable spirit and ability to take up challenges has placed him amongst the top in the world of shooting. He shot to fame after his remarkable record of 597/600 in the [...]

Jitu Rai is an Indian shooter of Indian Gorkha ethnic group who competes in the 10 metre air pistol and 50 metre pistol events. He was born on August 26, 1987. Rai is of Nepalese origin. Rai spent his early life in Sankhuwa Sabha district of Nepal. Currently designated as a Naib-Subedar in the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army, he is posted in Lucknow. Rai is now an Indian citizen, and has represented [...]

Gagan Narang, India’s answer to the challenges posed in the international arena of shooting has ensured that the Indian subcontinent ranks amongst the top nations in the sports world of shooting. India’s ace air rifle shooter is the first Indian to bag an individual medal in the current 2012 London Olympics. He fetched India its first medal -a bronze – in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event with a final score of 701.1, just a [...]