National Rifle Association of India

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National Rifle Association of India
National Rifle Association of India.svg
SportShooting
JurisdictionIndia
AbbreviationNRAI
Founded1951; 71 years ago (1951)
AffiliationISSF
Regional affiliationASC
HeadquartersNew Delhi
PresidentRaninder Singh
SponsorMPL
Official website
www.thenrai.in
India

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was founded in 1951 with a view to promote and popularize the shooting sports in India. The first speaker of Lok Sabha, Sh. G.V. Mavlankar was the founder and the first president of NRAI followed by Sh. Govind Vallabh Pant, Sh. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Sh. Y. B. Chauhan, Sh. G.S. Dhillon and Sh. Joginder Singh. Sh. Raninder Singh has served as president since December 2010.[1]

Tournaments

The NRAI is affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association and the International Shooting Sport Federation as well as the Asian Shooting Confederation and other international bodies. NRAI holds five national competitions annually with a view to promote and popularize the Sports of shooting in India:

  • National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC)
  • All India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship (AIGVMSC)
  • Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters Shooting Championship
  • Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship
  • All India Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Inter School Shooting Championship

International Performance

Shooting in India gained visibility when Abhinav Bindra won the Men's 10Metre Air Rifle at the 2008 Olympic Games. This was India's first ever Olympic Gold medal in an individual sport.

Shooting at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

In 2017, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced that the 2022 Commonwealth Games would no longer be held in Durban.[2] The Games were awarded to Birmingham who chose not to include Shooting in the programme for the first time since 1970.[3][4][5]

Following unsuccessful representations by the ISSF and British Shooting to have Shooting reinstated,[6] the NRAI and IOA started plans to host a parallel Shooting competition in India and entered discussions with the CGF to have the medals included in Birmingham's medal table.[7] The NRAI and IOA proposed to fully fund both the event as well as travel and accommodation expenses for several hundred athletes.[8] Proposals were also made to include Archery, which had not been included since the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Initial plans were to host the event in Chandigarh, which would have required the construction of a new 1000yard fullbore range for the Queens shoot. The planned event - named the Commonwealth Shooting and Archery Championship - was cancelled in July 2021 due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19.[9][10]

References

  1. ^ "Raninder Singh appointed NRAI president". The Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 29 December 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Durban, South Africa will not host Games in 2022". BBC Sport. 13 March 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Optional Sports at 2022 Commonwealth Games". Around the Rings. 18 January 2018. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Birmingham 2022: Shooting dropped from Commonwealth Games". BBC. 19 January 2018. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ "No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games, top official suggests T20 mixed cricket". Indian Express. 19 January 2018. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "The decision of the Birmingham Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2022". ISSF News. International Shooting Sport Federation. 22 July 2019. Archived from the original on 22 July 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  7. ^ Liam Morgan (6 December 2019). "Exclusive: India could host Commonwealth Games shooting medal event around Birmingham 2022". insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media Company Limited. Archived from the original on 7 December 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Birmingham 2022 shooting & archery events could take place in India". BBC Sport. 7 January 2020. Archived from the original on 8 January 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  9. ^ "2022 Commonwealth Games Shooting Championship in India Cancelled". National Rifle Association. National Rifle Association. 2 July 2021. Archived from the original on 24 March 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Inaugural Commonwealth archery, shooting championships in 2022 cancelled due to COVID". Olympics.com. International Olympic Committee. 2 July 2021. Archived from the original on 2 July 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2022.

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