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Tokyo Olympics: Amid Covid lockdown, two time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput practices 6 hours everyday at Karni Singh aiming for a medal at Tokyo Games

  • Apr 22, 2021
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Two-time Olympic and Arjuna Olympic winner Sanjeev Rajput relies heavily on his resolute determination, indomitable spirit, and extensive experience in beating the "super typhoon" of the Covid-19 epidemic and putting his best for an elusive medal in the Tokyo Olympics. He trains day after day at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi under a tight system that follows all Covid guidelines and regulations as closely as possible.

"It's a very difficult and tense situation, but the game has to go on. Maybe I had this last chance to win a medal for the country in the Olympics and I'm not going to let it pass. It's the most important stage in my life, I have participated in two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, and after Nine years the Olympics will be very different, and they will be different for everyone. It will also be very important to everyone because there has never been such an Olympic Games after a five-year hiatus. I am anxious but I am not afraid. I train almost every day from 8 in the morning until 2 in the evening in the Shooting range Karni Singh is in Delhi with my coach. He is very happy with my progress. I think you are on the right track. Winning the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup last month boosted my confidence, ”said Sanjeev, who aims to clinch a medal in the 50m centers for the men's 3 rifle In the Olympics, to Insidesport.co in an exclusive interview after completing his training. Wednesday afternoon.

"I am improving in the final. My performance in the qualifying rounds is always good. Now I am experimenting with my technique and technique, as the lead-up to this year's Tokyo Olympics is the most important stage in my life. Ultimately, I need a lot more work to make changes, and I don't need To focus on improvements. I did well, I'm on my knees, and I was exposed in mixed-team standings. There is a different kind of pressure in the final, there are limited shots and many times the little things are overlooked. Athletes will need to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols. In the case of shooting, there is a possibility that the testing will be limited to only Japanese athletes. Amidst these difficult circumstances, my experience may be essential in addressing these problems. Young shooters can win a game. Or two, but when there are a lot of ingredients, the experience is beneficial, ”noted winner Arjuna.

Reflecting on the current situation of Covid and the lockdown in Delhi, Rajput said he is grateful to the Sports Ministry and NRAI for giving him the opportunity to continue this practice. "I practice alone. Then the issue of social distancing does not arise. Only my Ukrainian coach is supervising my practice. We are working on stability and some basics that will help me prepare physically and mentally for the mega event."

Together with Tejasweni Sawant, Rajput won the gold medal at the 50m 3-position rifle mixed teams event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi last month. He won four golds and two silver medals in the Commonwealth Championship, two silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Games, one gold, and one silver and one bronze in each in the Commonwealth Games for his silver triple accompaniment. A golden shooting in the ISSF World Cup.

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