Shoot­ing Sen­sa­tion

RON­JAN SODHI, 32, Shooter

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“I am cur­rently work­ing on a fi­nan­cial model to make GEC a self sus­tain­ing global NGO.”

An Ar­juna Award re­cip­i­ent, Sodhi from Ferozepur is the only In­dian marks­man to have earned a top spot in the lat­est ISSF World Rank­ings. The 32-year-old scripted a new chap­ter in In­dian shoot­ing on 4th Oc­to­ber, 2011 by de­fend­ing his dou­ble trap gold medal at the ISSF World Cup fi­nals in Al Ain, UAE. Sodhi was the only In­dian to have qual­i­fied for the shot­gun fi­nals— a pres­ti­gious event on the In­ter­na­tional Shoot­ing Sports Fed­er­a­tion cal­en­dar, where the medal win­ners from the year's four World Cups com­pete.

LAT­EST AD­DI­TIONS They are a gold medal won in the World Cup Fi­nals 2010 in Turkey, and a sil­ver in the Bei­jing World Cup 2011. With this, he clinched In­dia’s first shot­gun quota for the Lon­don Olympics, also bring­ing home a bronze from the World Cup in Mari­bor (Slove­nia) this July. “Be­ing num­ber one is a nice feel­ing, but a tem­po­rary phase,” says Sodhi, who cur­rently has his sights set on an Olympic medal. “Win­ning at the Olympics is the ul­ti­mate recog­ni­tion. It would stay with me for­ever, un­like the con­stantly chang­ing na­ture of rank­ings.”

NUM­BER GAME The Min­istry of Sports and Youth Af­fairs re­cently an­nounced a grant of Rs 97 lakh for Sodhi’s Olympic train­ing, sub­stan­tial share of the to­tal amount of Rs 6.85 crore sanc­tioned for 22 ath­letes. Con­tact: http://www.face­book.com/#!/pages/ron­janSodhi

VIKRAM Sharma/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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