CBI CHIEF A LAME DUCK?
Anjum Moudgil, 24, Rifle Shooter, Chandigarh
STORY The young player recently made a mark for herself by winning a silver at the Commonwealth Games, 2018 held in Australia. She also grabbed a gold medal at the South Asian Games, 2016, held in Guwahati, and is nationally ranked number one in Women’s 50m-rifle.
OPENING UP Moudgil was introduced to the sport in 2009 as an NCC cadet and there has been no looking back since. “I was fascinated by weapons. Also, there was this desire to prove myself in something other than just academics, and my mother encouraged me a lot,” she says. NOT A SMOOTH BULLET The young shooter laments the lack of infrastructure which prevents talent from blossoming at the grassroot level. Moudgil says that shooting is an expensive game which involves imported weapons for competitions and hundreds of rounds for practice sessions. She adds that though government initiatives like Khelo India are motivating many young players, some financial aid will make a world of a difference, and the sport will might get a lot of new faces. TRICOLOUR UP THERE “It is amazing to represent your nation on an international stage. Playing a sport changes your life,” she says. Aspiring to add more medals to her kitty, she says, “I am only focusing on improving my game and getting more medals for the country at the international arena.”
“It is an amazing feeling to represent your nation internationally. Playing a sport dedicatedly changes your whole life for the better.” Anjum Moudgil, shooter