Gunning for Glory
This anomaly is due to the fact that Maharashtra does not really have too many shotgun ranges to train in. “It is not that we don’t have talent, but the facilities aren’t there,” Singh says. “I have been getting a lot of requests from people in Pune, Kolhapur and other towns who tell me they have guns but don’t know where to train. If you want to pursue shotgun shooting seriously, you had to move to Hyderabad or Delhi.”
That situation could change soon, with Gun for Glory all set to revive the shotgun range at the Balewadi Sports Complex, which has been lying idle after hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008 and a couple of camps after that. “In around a month’s time, we should have a shotgun academy in place at Gun For Glory,” he says.
“A few shooters from Mumbai and Pune have already signed up for the shotgun course. We are going to start with a 12-day camp with the national team’s shotgun coach M Padmanabhan. And during the Gun for Glory championships in September, we will hold shotgun events as well.”
Of the 11 Indian shooters who have qualified for the
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