An­jum Moudgil, 24, Ri­fle Shooter, Chandigarh

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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

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