‘New shooting rules will help India’
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With more than three decades of experience, Marcelo Dradi is considered one of the world's best shotgun coaches. He first joined the Indian team in 1997 before his second stint in 2009. Dradi believes Ronjan Sodhi and Manavjeet Sandhu can make a strong comeback after the London debacle. On the sidelines of the Second Asian Shotgun Championship at Patiala, the coach also told The Indian Express how India would benefit with the new rules. Exceprts:
With top countries like UAE and Kuwait taking part, what has been the significance of the championship for Indians?
It's a good platform for Indian shooters. At this moment, UAE are better than us but we are happy with our preparation. We have someone like Fehaid Aldeehani of Kuwait here, who got a bronze medal in London. Competing against such shooters will lift the morale of the youngsters. I was also impressed by how Rajyavardhan Rathore shot on the first day.
What's your view on the new shooting rules?
I like the new format. It will be better for Indian shooters because they will not have to adapt too much. Our team is very young in comparison to others. Most European teams are old and have been shooting according to the old format for many years now. Next four years will belong to shooters who can adjust to the format. We have some good talent in Ashen Masood, Asher Noria, Ankur Mittal and Sangram Dahiya.
What went wrong with our shotgun shooters in London?
Of course we were disappointed. We expected some medals. Our shooters shot well and their preparation was good. It was because of one poor round that Manavjeet finished with 119. Ronjan was shooting well and was bit unfortunate that he missed out on the final. But I am sure, these shooters can lift themselves up in the coming time.