To prepare the duo for the 2nd September ISSF Junior World Championships, Manu Vakker and Ishwari Pratap Singh Tomar will keep an eye on defeating their Olympic monsters. Held in Peru from 27 September to 10 October.
The women’s 10m air pistol event will compete in five events at the World No. 2 Manu Vak’s Junior Worlds. The youngster was a sensation at the 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and Suhl. He was the headline-maker with five medals at the World Cup.
However, he failed to meet expectations at the Tokyo Olympics. While attending the Summer Games, he was dubbed as a favorite for medals in three events – the 10m air pistol, the 10m air pistol mixed team and the 25m air pistol. However, the Haryana-shooter had a disappointing tournament.
National head coach Ronak Pandit feels Manu Vak is not ready to compete as he has technical flaws that need to be rectified.
Jaspal Rana and Manu Vak will compete again
In addition to overcoming the Olympic let-down, Manu Vakker will also have to put aside his differences with coach Jaspal Rana for the competition.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has decided to send Rana as the head coach of the global junior team. This comes as a shock because the federation called him a ‘negative influence’ on the shooters
Rana, though, seems to have forgotten the result and is now looking for a positive performance from the Indian squad in Peru. He Sportskeda said privately:
“I am going to Peru as the national coach. I’m not someone’s personal coach there. I am ready to help anyone who likes it. “
Associate Indian Olympian Shri Pratap Singh will also be present at the event in Lima. He will participate in the 50m Rifle 3 position. Manu Vak will be partnering with Sarvajot Singh in the 10m mixed event.
Apart from the Olympic pair, Vijaybir Sidhu, Anish Vanwala, Ganemat Sekhan and Mehuli Ghosh will also be in the discussion. This is the first multi-disciplinary event after the Tokyo Olympics, in which 32 countries and about 370 athletes will participate.
Fourteen gold medals are at risk in the first three competitive days of the championship.