Pawan Singh, the Joint Secretary General of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), has been selected as the first ever Indian juror for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. A resident of Pune in Maharashtra, Mr. Singh is the founder-director of the Gun for Glory Shooting Academy in Balewadi.
A total of 26 jury members will officiate at the Olympics, of which six will be from Japan and the rest from other countries. Singh was the competition manager of the recent International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi and his work was appreciated by the ISSF. He has also worked as a Result Timing Score (RTS) Jury in different World Cups.
Mr. Singh said, he is excited to be the umpire for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in the coming days and is preparing for that. He added that being first from the country is always special, but he would like to see many more Indians come up in the jury and judges’ category. He said if India wants to be a leader in the field of sports in the future, it needs to formulate concrete policies at the national level with an emphasis on umpire training. Mr. Singh further said that having someone from your own country in the jury instills confidence in the athlete’s mind, as they can guide the athletes in knowing the rules and regulations.
Mr. Singh said Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju is positive about the umpire training policy, which is a matter of happiness.
At the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian shooting team will have the highest number of 15 shooters to date, competing for 20 medals. Mr. Singh said he is glad that Indian Sports Shooter Elavenil Valarivan and Swaroop Unhalkar have trained at his Gun for Glory Shooting Academy.