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Gagan Narang foundation to short-list 30 shooters

Thursday, May 16, 2019

New Delhi: The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation will short-list 30 shooters from 300 applicants for the ambitious 'Project Leap'.

The selected youth and junior shooters from across India will be part of the third year of this elite programme which aims for excellence at grassroots.

The GNSPF-backed Project Leap trained shooters are already making impression at the international arena. An unprecedented 304 shooters have applied for the trial which will continue from May 16 to 22 at the state-of-the-art Gun for Glory Shooting Academy in Pune.

Like last year, the trial has been made open for all shooters falling under the age group of under-21 and the selected ones will be trained by highly qualified and experienced international rifle and pistol coaches and mentored by the Olympic medallist himself.

"We initiated Project Leap with an ambitious goal of finding India its 10 best shooters as part of Vision 2024. We knew the potential of the Project Leap but had to start modest; the results have been phenomenal," Narang said.

"Backed with the success of last two years we have rolled out the project for all youth and junior shooters with the hope of unearthing more talent who have been untapped so far," he added.

Kynan, Prithviraj lead men's trap qualification
India's Kynan Chenai and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot two perfect rounds of 25 each to lead the 109-strong qualification field in the men's trap shooting competition of ISSF Shotgun World Cup here Wednesday.

With three more rounds to be played on Thursday before the top six go through to the medal round, India will feel they are in a strong position to clinch final berths.

Kynan and Prithviraj shared the lead with only two other shooters from Great Britain and Kazakhstan while Zoravar Singh Sandhu, the third Indian in the competition, shot 45 out of 50 to be in 82nd place.

In the women's trap, which concluded on Wednesday, Shagun Chowdhary shot a total of 115 to end in 35th spot while Rajeshwari Kumari managed 99 to finish in 56th position.

Lakshay Sheoran, in the non-competition MQS section, registered a score of 48 after the first two rounds in the men's trap.

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