My ri­fle is like my baby

Sportstar - - 40 SUPERSTARS -

SWorld Cup gold medal­list hoot­ing is ev­ery­thing for me, it is like my life. I stepped into it with no idea or back­ground. It hap­pened be­cause I was part of the Na­tional Cadet Corps (NCC).

When I re­alised the dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments and chal­lenges, weapons fas­ci­nated me and also the weird gear I saw the se­niors wear­ing. When I started win­ning, I be­came aware of the tal­ent within. It was a grad­ual process and I did not re­alise when it be­came my pro­fes­sion.

Later, when I used to take a day or two­day break from shoot­ing, I be­came rest­less be­cause I did not get to touch my weapon. It had be­come part of my life by then. My ri­fle is like my baby. I re­spect my weapon and equip­ments like God for giv­ing me ev­ery­thing I have in my life.

In my com­pet­i­tive days, Sport­star was the only mag­a­zine I knew which was ded­i­cated to sport. Writ­ers here and few other pub­li­ca­tions were the only peo­ple fol­low­ing shoot­ing and aware about the sport.

I ap­pre­ci­ate the un­bi­ased cov­er­age by Sport­star for each and every dis­ci­pline, shoot­ing specif­i­cally, dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games, Asian Games and other ma­jor events where our achieve­ments were high­lighted. Shoot­ing got an equal share in the mag­a­zine’s cov­er­age of all sport fol­lowed in In­dia.

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