No path is not unfit for women and this was best demonstrated by a slew of professional shooters who have risen in India in the last couple of years.
At the international sports event Olympics to be held between July 24 and August 9, 2020, the best of talents will represent their countries; young women shooters from India among them.
Find out more about the five women who are all set make India proud at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The world number one rifle shooter Apurvi Chandela will be seen representing India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 10-metre air rifle event. She secured the Olympic quota when she bagged a bronze at the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon, South Korea, in 2018.
Apurva, who ended at 34th in the qualification round in 2016 Rio Olympics, has said that she is looking forward to the 2020 Olympics, claiming to have matured through more shooting experience over the years.
Under the mentorship of former national champion Rakesh Manpat, Apurvi won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. In 2014, the Jaipur-born won gold at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow and four medals (including two gold) from Intershoot Championship at The Hague, Netherlands. Last year, the 27-year-old won gold at the Munich stage of the World Cup, winning world number one title.
Shooter Anjum Moudgil has also earned a spot in the event of 10-metre air rifle in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old became the first Indian woman to win world cup medals in 10-metre air rifle event when she won silver at the ISSF world cup in Changwon, South Korea in 2018.
Hailing from Chandigarh, Anjum came to limelight in 2016, when she clinched silver medal in World University Championship and gold in South Asian Games. Now world number one in women 10-metre air rifle, she earned one silver medal each at 2018 ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth Games in women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.
Ace shooter Manu Bhaker became the youngest Indian to bag gold from the ISSF World Cup last year when she won women’s 10-metre air pistol event. All of 16, she also clinched gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2019 held at Goldcoast in Australia and further set a new record of tournament by scoring 240.9 points.
In May 2019, when she finished fourth at the Munich ISSF World Cup, she secured a spot to compete in the upcoming Olympics. In Tokyo, she will be taking part in 10-metre air pistol individually as well as in mixed shooting event with 17-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary.
At the ISSF World Cup in Munich last year, Rahi Sarnobat was the first to secure India’s Olympic quota in the 25-metre pistol shooting event. The 29-years-old shooter won gold, scoring 37 out of 50 shots in the final.
Hailing from Kolhapur, Rani has also assumed the role of deputy collector at the revenue department of Maharashtra. The first Indian woman shooter to win gold at Asian Games 2018, she has expressed that financial security still looms large for her even after having represented India and earning laurels for the country.
“I feel I don’t have more than four years left as a professional shooter and after 12 years of competing for India, I still have sleepless nights about my financial situation,” the shooter has said.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal
Since taking to shooting for the first time in 2012, Yashaswini Singh Deswal from Delhi has come a long way. Her gold win at the 10-metre air pistol event at 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro secured her a spot in 2020 Olympics.
Further, the victory also led her to become world number four shooter in women's air pistol. Even when she was beginning to chart a career as a professional shooter, the 22-year-old shot at prestigious international events such as the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China, ISSF Junior World Cup, and the South Asian Games in 2016.