Indian Shooters set for second edition of online championship

The response to the first edition of the championship has prompted Shimon Sharif to continue running it until the lockdown ends.

Indian shooters will join others from around the world in the second edition of an online shooting championship, after organiser Shimon Sharif confirmed a second event to take place on April 25th.

The first edition, held last week, saw 50 shooters from around the world coming together on the video-calling platform Zoom, and fire simultaneously in their respective categories.

The overwhelming response to the online shooting championship was motivation enough for Shimon Sharif.

“Staging the qualification was a challenge. Now, since it got a thumbs up from the shooting fraternity, we will be having the finals on 25th,” he told Sportstar.

“In fact, we are planning to host it every week now till the lockdown is there.”

The first round did not see knockout stages or finals to declare a winner but the former Indian shooter is looking to kick it up a few notches this time around, replete with all the activities surrounding a regular shooting championship.

“The format will be much more viewer-friendly and engaging because we will have the elimination round. It will be exciting to see people moving up and down the ladder, complete with commentary,” he revealed.

“This time we will have an online press conference too. There is hardly any difference because shooting is not a contact sport. At the range, you do not get coached after each shot and you do not talk to anyone. At home, it is all the same.”

Needless to say, he is also expecting a lot more shooters to take part in the latest iteration of the online shooting championship thus offering younger shooters the chance to compete alongside some of the biggest names in the sport.

Amanpreet, Manu the stars

The first edition witnessed a mix of internationals in Veronika Major, Martin Strempfl and Etienne Germond and Indian shooting stars in Manu Bhaker, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Sanjeev Rajput take aim.

Experienced Indian shooter Amanpreet Singh though led the unofficial all-Indian podium in the 10m air pistol as shot 576 to lead home Ashish Dabbas (575) and Manu Bhaker (572).

Divyansh Singh Panwar, the world no.1 in men’s 10m air rifle, could only manage fourth in the event as compatriot Meghana Sajjanar trumped him to be the best-placed Indian shooter, finishing second to Martin Strempfl.

The event, which garnered more than 10,000 views last time, will be streamed live on the Facebook page of indianshooting.com while the scores will be available on the website.

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