With stars like Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Elavenil Valarivan leading the charge, the Indian shooting contingent at the Tokyo Olympics will be expected to carry forward the nation’s relatively rich shooting legacy at the Summer Games.
Of the 17 individual medals Indians have won at the Olympics post-independence, four have come in shooting – second only to wrestling (five).
This time, India have sent 15 shooters to the Olympics – the highest-ever in the country’s history. They will be competing in 10 different disciplines at Tokyo 2020.
In the rifle events, India will have representatives in men’s and women’s 10m air rifle, men’s and women’s 50m rifle 3 position and the 10m air rifle mixed team.
Divyansh Singh Panwar, the current world No. 2 in men’s 10m rifle and Elavenil Valarivan, world No. 1 in women’s 10m air rifle, will be India’s top draws in rifle events.
For pistol events, Indian shooters will compete in men’s and women’s 10m air pistol, women’s 25m pistol and 10m air pistol mixed team.
Indian shooters currently occupy the top two spots in ISSF’s 10m air pistol rankings. Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary are 1-2 for men’s while Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Manu Bhaker are first and second in women’s standings.
Rahi Sarnobat, meanwhile, is second in 25m women’s pistol rankings. Much will be expected from the shooters in both rifle and pistol mixed team events as well.
Rio 2016 Olympian Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angadvir Singh Bajwa will be India’s only two representatives in shotgun events. They will compete in the men’s skeet.
Shooting events at the Tokyo Olympics start on July 24 and conclude on August 2. They will be held at the Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo.
Indian shooting team for Tokyo 2020 Olympics - full list
10m Air Rifle Men
Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar
50m Rifle 3 Position Men
Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar
10m Air Pistol Men
Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma
10m Air Rifle Women
Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan
50m Rifle 3 Position Women
Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant
10m Air Pistol Women
Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal
25m Pistol Women
Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker
Angadvir Singh Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team
Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan, Deepak Kumar and Anjum Moudgil
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team
Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker, Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal
Tokyo Olympics Indian shooting schedule, fixtures and live match start times in India
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Saturday, July 24
Women’s 10m air rifle qualification – 5:00 AM IST
Women’s 10m air rifle final – 7:15 AM
Men’s 10m air pistol qualification – 9:30 AM IST
Men’s 10m air pistol final – 12 PM IST
Sunday, July 25
Women’s 10m air pistol qualification – 5:30 AM IST
Skeet men’s qualification day 1 – 6:30 AM IST
Women’s 10m air pistol final – 7:45 AM IST
Men’s 10m air rifle qualification – 9:30 AM IST
Men’s 10m air rifle final – 12:00 PM IST
Monday, July 26
Skeet men’s qualification day 2 – 6:30 AM IST
Skeet men’s final – 12:20 PM IST
Tuesday, July 27
10m air pistol mixed team qualification stage 1 – 5:30 AM IST
10m air pistol mixed team qualification stage 2 – 6:15 AM IST
10m air pistol mixed team bronze medal match – 7:30 AM IST
10m air pistol mixed team gold medal match – 8:07 AM IST
10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 1 – 9:45 AM IST
10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 2 – 10:30 AM IST
10m air rifle mixed team bronze medal match – 11:45 AM IST
10m air rifle mixed team gold medal match – 12:22 PM IST
Thursday, July 29
Women’s 25m pistol qualification precision – 5:30 AM IST
Friday, July 30
Women’s 25m pistol qualification rapid – 5:30 AM IST
Women’s 25m pistol final – 10:30 AM IST
Saturday, July 31
50m rifle 3 position women’s qualification – 8:30 AM IST
50m rifle 3 position women’s final – 12:30 PM IST
Sunday, August 2
50m rifle 3 position men’s qualification – 8:00 AM IST
50m rifle 3 position men’s final – 1:20 PM IST
Where to watch Tokyo Olympics shooting live in India?
Fans can watch live telecast of the Tokyo Olympics shooting events on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony Six and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.
Live streaming of the Tokyo Olympics will be available on Sony Liv.
_Live broadcast subject to Sony Sports Network.