Shooter Prakash suffers stroke at World Cup

Just as his career graph had started to head in the right direction, Prakash Nanjappa took an unexpected hit. The 37-year-old shooter suffered a paralytic attack in Granada, Spain, where the fourth World Cup is being held. Just three months back, Prakash had bagged a bronze medal, his first-ever medal in an ISSF World Cup, in Changwon, South Korea.

He had been under the weather while flying to Spain and his condition deteriorated once there. Now, out of hospital, Prakash will fly back to India on Saturday along with trap shooters Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar, who have completed their events and are returning home.

"Two days back one of our team officials noticed that something was very wrong with Prakash. He was immediately taken to hospital," National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia told The Indian Express from Granada. "The doctors are saying it could be a paralytic attack as he is unable to close his right eye."

Despite the setback, Prakash was insistant on competition after he was discharged from the hospital. "Though he has been discharged by the doctors, he was asked strictly to keep off the ranges," Bhatia added.

NRAI president Raninder Singh had gotten in touch with the Indian Embassy in Spain to help out in the situation just in case things got worse. Once in Delhi, Prakash will fly back to Bangalore with his father, P.N. Papanna.

"We did not want to take any chances. We were told to send him back but we couldn't have sent him alone. So he will be returning with the two shooters. His father will meet him once in Delhi," Bhatia said.

Mansher, Manajit 50/50

Meanwhile, Seema was the highest placed Indian women shooter in the trap discipline that finished on Friday. Seema shot down 69 out of the 75 targets to finish 23rd, while Shreyasi ended 34th in the standings with a total of 67. Olympian Shagun Chowdhary finished 41 after tallying 64. In the men's field, both Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh are in the race for the trap finals after shooting down 50 out of 50 targets in the first two rounds of qualification. Also, Zoravar Singh, the third Indian in the fray in trap, is languishing in 26th placed after hitting 48 targets.

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