Indian junior shooters returned with a rich haul of nine medals – two gold, five silver and two bronze – from the recently-concluded 25th “Meeting of the Shooting Hopes” competition at Plzen, Czech Republic. This elite junior event was held for 5 days between June 10 and June 14.
Achal Pratap Grewal: The only individual gold medallist
The only gold medal in the individual events was won by Achal Pratap Grewal who captured the yellow metal in the Junior 25m pistol category. India also scooped up the team event gold in this category. Samarjit Singh, Arjun Das and Shivam Shukla were the ones who brought home the team gold.
Rising rifle marksman Akhil Sheoran returned home with two medals while a trio of talented women shooters – Shreya Gawande, Gauri Sheoran and Yashaswini Singh Deswal also won two medals each.
As many as 362 promising shooters from 20 countries participated in this tournament while the Indian contingent had 24 members.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh lauded the stellar performance of the Indian junior shooters. Singh also emphasized that the results bode well for India’s future in the sport of shooting.
“This is a great performance by the junior squad in a premiere global competition. These results are sometimes more satisfying than those of the seniors as they tell you that the future of the shooting sport in India is in the pink of health. We, on behalf of the NRAI wish all members of the squad many more successes in the coming years,” Singh said.
Sports Rediscovered congratulates the Indian junior shooters on their confident show and wishes them all the very best for the future.