The father of Chinki Yadav & # 39; s father Mehtab Singh Yadav does not hesitate to admit that if his daughter had not received funding from the Madhya Pradesh Shooting Academy in Bhopal, his daughter would never have taken over the sport.
Mehtab, an electrician at the same academy, never thought that his daughter, who started the sport in 2012 as a 14-year-old, would ever represent that the country would move aside and a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to win. Chinki scored a career-best qualifying score of 588 on Saturday to reach the Olympic quota for the country in a 25m sports gun at the Asian Championships on Friday in Doha. In the final, however, she finished sixth with a score of 116.
As a child, Chinki already played in many sports, including gymnastics, before she decided to appear at the MP Shooting Academy in 2011 for the summer trials. & # 39; She was selected during the summer trials and from that moment on her costs were borne by the academy. Shooting is such an expensive sport and I don't think I could afford it without such support, "says Mehtab, who has two children.
There were still some requirements that Mehtab found a bit difficult to fulfill. & # 39; I never stopped taking pictures. Sometimes I had to buy her shoes and other things and there was financial pressure on me, but I never let her suffer. We have never been to a foreign location, but I am happy that my daughter travels abroad and makes her country proud, & he said.
Chinki said her family has been her greatest support. I cannot express in words what they have done for me. "I will continue to work hard and do my best to bring more glory to the country," she said.
At the academy she has sharpened her skills among champion Asian games and current national gun coach Jaspal Rana, who is a consultant at the academy. She broke through this year in the senior team with consistent performance in domestic competition and tests. She participated in all four World Cups and performed steadily. At the All India Kumar Surendra Singh memorial championships in New Delhi, Chinki defeated two seasoned campaigners – Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu – to win gold.
During the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in August-September she shot 584 in the qualification and became 10th. On Friday, Chinki became second in the qualification, behind Thailand & # 39; s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon (590). She scored 292 in her precision round and 296 in the fast fire round on Friday. It was enough to give India an Olympic berth, because four of the eight finalists had already booked their quota places.
In general, this was India's 11th quota for the 2020 Olympic Games and second in the 25m women's sports gun. Rahi Sarnobat had won the first quota at the Munich World Cup earlier this year.
However, Manu Bhaker, who has packed an Olympic quota in a 10-meter air gun, is also eligible to shoot a 25-meter sports gun. According to the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), a maximum of two athletes per event from each country can participate in 15 events at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This means that of the three biggest contenders – Manu Bhakar, Rahi Sarnobat and Chinki Yadav – only two can compete in a 25m sports gun.
Rana believes Chinki has a good chance of boarding the flight to Tokyo. “She has been in the national camp for the past 12 months. That's because she has had good scores. She also delivered the goods at the Asian championships here and she cannot be counted, & Rana said by telephone from Doha.
Her performance at the National Championships, starting on December 7 in Bhopal, and the first and second national selection races of the season, starting from January 25 in Kerala, will be crucial.
The Indian team for the World Cup in New Delhi (March 15-26) will be selected based on performance in the above three events. The selection committee will make a final call for the distribution of Olympic quotas after the World Cup. “All shooters who have qualified for the Olympic Games take part in the World Cup. It will be a real test. Good performance will matter, "Rana added.
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