Shooting: NRAI chief explains Jaspal Rana’s exclusion from preparatory camp


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A report by Mail Today yesterday left the world of Indian sports shocked as it read about how the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the country’s apex body for sport shooting, had decided to part ways with National Junior coach Jaspal Rana. The timing of the report seemed unfortunate as India is all set to host the all-important ISSF Shooting World Cup later in February. Also, it is important to bear in mind that Rana had previously been credited for the good spell in Indian shooting that India has been enjoying in major world stages where a slew of Junior level shooters is giving the seniors a run for their money. To name a few- this list includes Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary among others.

Reportedly, Rana’s name had been excluded from the list of coaches at the ongoing preparatory camp taking place in the city’s capital. But the NRAI chief Raninder Singh who is also the Vice President of the world body ISSF, cleared the air on social media chalking it down to a procedural error, adding, in fact, that the mess had now been sorted out and he would be back to engaging with the youngsters.

“The stand of the NRAI is clear from my communication with all coaches a few weeks ago. When it comes to team India there is no junior or senior view that can be taken its – team India,” wrote Raninder Singh.

“Further, the ACTC (Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions) program that SAI (Sports Authority of India) funds is essentially set up on the junior/senior pattern. Which means that we must seek additional sanction based upon demand. Such a demand was raised by Anjum for Dipali, NRAI Concurred and SAI sanctioned it. Similarly, this is required from junior athletes and this non-issue would not be there”

“The gap has been that the juniors did not do so because this is a new issue no procedure has been put in place officially it’s on an ad hoc basis that individual demands are received, assessed and auctioned.,” he continued.

Apparently, a separate demand for a coach needs to be submitted by a shooter before it can be ratified and provided by the NRAI. He gave the example of shooter Anjum Moudgil who went through the same case and got coach Deepali Deshpande sanctioned to be a part of the preparatory camp. The juniors were apparently not aware of the rule.

“Today’s issue has been resolved I have spoken to Jaspal & the athletes. He is starting with them now, the camp has only begun now so nothing is lost, procedural checks have been put in place and instructions to this effect for the future benefit of all shall be there for everyone to refer to,” added Raninder Singh.

“Since it is team India, in team prep camps if demanded by athletes senior coaches can help wards in junior team preps & junior coaches in senior team preps. Both ways it is ok with us. The NRAI is here to facilitate in the benefit of its athletes first,” he concluded.