Manu Bhaker and I have put in place a plan, says coach Ronak Pandit ahead of Tokyo Olympics | Tokyo Olympics News
Pandit has been guiding Bhaker since she parted ways with Jaspal Rana, one of India’s best pistol shooters and under whom she became a world-class competitor after a series of excellent results at major international events.
They parted ways after the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in March.
Pandit trained Bhaker for about a month and a half during the Indian team’s tour of Croatia, overseeing his final phase of preparations.
“We have trained for about two and a half to three months and have put a plan in place for her,” Commonwealth Games gold medalist Pandit (paired with Samaresh Jung in 2006) told PTI from Tokyo.
Pandit, one of the three pistol shooting coaches on the Indian team, has full faith in Bhaker’s abilities and says high expectations don’t bother either the shooter or himself.
“There are pros and cons to expectations, but Manu, even at 16 and 17, was shooting in World Cups and winning medals. She is very sensible and used to so much pressure and expectations.”
“Before the Olympics, she is calm and collected, completely focused on the task,” he said.
Pandit also said that it is “absolutely important” to ensure that shooters are protected from any kind of distraction in the time between qualifying and the final.
Armed with years of experience in training after an active career as a pistol shooter, Pandit is optimistic about the prospects for Indian shooters in Tokyo.
He had traveled to London and Rio de Janeiro for the 2012 and 2016 Games, in his capacity as personal trainer to Heena Sidhu, his wife and one of India’s entrances to the pistol events.
In Tokyo, Pandit will have his hands full as Bhaker will shoot in three events: 10m individual and mixed team (with Saurabh Chaudhary) and a 25m pistol, but he is willing to do it and so is the shooter, who is the world’s number two 10m air pistol.
While the Indian team did not have enough time to practice on Wednesday, the official practice training started on Thursday.
“Yesterday we had a short 20-30 minute training session, as the official training only started today.
The 50m range was closed as of Thursday so all air shooters can practice at full throttle.
Ronak called Bhaker a consummate shooter and said they primarily focused on acting in pressure situations.
“We prepared a lot for the final, we discussed how the mind affects the body and how we could better manage the mind for a better execution of the technique. We have come a long way in the time we have and I am satisfied with it.
“They just need to focus on the process and not think too much about the results. Appearing at the Olympics is different from other events,” he said.
Meanwhile, air rifle shooters from various countries practiced in the finals hall on Thursday, including from India. Divyansh Singh Panwar which will shoot on the second day of competition on July 25.
The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, and the shooting events will run through the first 10 days of the extravaganza, which will take place without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .