|Indian Army Soldiers Selected For Rio Olympic-2016|
Udhampur, 19 March 2016
Indian Army has been contributing significantly towards the country’s sports and adventure performance in the global arena. It comes naturally to a soldier to excel in various disciplines of sports. Indian Army has laid out the road map for a concerted vision for maximum qualifications for the Rio Olympics with the aim of ‘finishing strong’ at the podium with medals for the country. The training of the qualified sportsperson are being carried out through a scientific approach being planned & executed through Army Sports Institute, Pune and Army Marksmanship Unit, Mhow among other institutions under the flagship initiative of Mission Olympics.
Till now, ten soldiers of the Army have qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016. Naib Subedar Jitu Rai has won the quota for shooting in 50m Air Pistol. He, on 09 Sep 2014, during 51st ISSF World Championship in Granada, Spain qualified for the Rio by winning Silver Medal and made the entire Army and the country proud. The JCO is presently training in AMU, Mhow. He is from Gurkha Regiment.
Subedar Gurpreet Singh, a sapper, won laurels for his Army and the country when on 31 May 2015 during 3rd ISSF World Cup, he won the quota for Rio Olympics. He is currently training in AMU, Mhow for shooting in 10m Air Pistol category. Naib Subedar Chain Singh who has been selected for shooting in 50m 3rd position Rifle is also currently undergoing training in AMU, Mhow.
He is an infantry soldier from JAK LI Regiment and was selected for Rio on 14 Aug 2015 during 4th ISSF World Cup by securing 8th Position. Hav Sandeep Singh from JAT Regiment has been selected for Athletics in 50 km walk event. Hav Nitender Singh Rawat from KUMAON Regiment, Hav Kheta Ram from JAT Regiment and Hav Gopi T from the Regiment of Artillery have also been selected for Athletics in Full Marathon category. All these sportsmen are training in Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune.