We have all heard the idiom: “Like father, like son” or “Like mother, like daughter” but rarely do we get to hear “Like father, like kids”. Introducing a new dimension to this idiom are the children (son-daughter) of ace international shooter Jaspal Rana. In most cases, either a son or a daughter takes off on the sport or profession of the parent but when more than one picks up the same, it is a unique instance. Rana’s son, Yuvraj Singh and daughter Devanshi have both performed well at the recently concluded First South District Open Shooting Competition. While Devanshi won a gold in 10 m pistol junior women event with a score of 381, Yuvraj won a gold medal in 10 m pistol youth men event with a 363 score at Siri Fort Sports Complex Shooting Range.
Nutritionist Ruchika Sodhi, shooter Ronjan Sodhi’s wife, sponsored the competition and offered free services to medal winners. The association was established to promote shooting as a sport, especially among youth with the uniqueness that it is governed by national level and renowned shooters in various rifle, pistol and shotgun events. All office-bearers are medal winners in shooting, either at state, zonal or national levels.
The South Delhi District Rifle Association (SDDRA), a non-profit registered shooting association affiliated to Delhi State Rifle Association, conducted its first competition this year. The day-long competition, informed SDDRA president Anupam Kamal, fulfilled the association’s basic objectives as it witnessed participation by enthusiastic shooters, with the youngest being nine years and the oldest, 64. Santosh Pal, leader of the House, EDMC; sports veteran and first sports minister of Uttarakhand NS Rana, Arjuna awardee Chhaya Adak and Padma Shri as well as chief coach of the Indian Junior Pistol team Jaspal Rana were present on the occasion and gave away prizes to the winners.
The competition saw more pistol shooters than rifle shooters. In the men’s pistol events, according to their respective age categories, the gold medal winners were Yuvraj Singh Rana, Shaurya Sarin, Suraj Bhambhani and Jagroop Singh. Silver medal winners were Agneya Kaushik, Siddharth Rawat, Sanskar Gupta, and Kabeer Arif. Bronze medal winners were Shrey Sarin, Ayush Bhatt, Aditya Garg, and Anurag Khanna. The senior and veteran category (aged 40+), the gold was won by Anupam Kamal, silver by Arjun Chandra and bronze by Ishwinder Jit Singh.
In the men’s rifle events, the gold was won by Soham Garg, Mohd Sufian Ahmed, Mirza Mohd Mustafa; the silver by Dhruv Singh and Nitesh Prakash and bronze by Devyansh Shandilya and Deepak Kumar Saini.
In women’s pistol events, the gold winners were Parnika Bhalla, Mahima Singh, Devanshi Rana, Lovleen Kaur and Nirmal Yadav. Silver was won by Prarthana Khanna, Rishika Verma, Aarzoo Saifi and Amandeep Kaur Dhawan while the bronze medal winners were Naaz Khan, Maria Tausif and Kim Michael. In the women’s rifle events, the gold medal winners were Sohni Gujral, Jahnvi Madan and Kapila Dabas while silver was won by Manya Bhargava.