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Rajyavardhan Rathore's Olympics glory inspired me, says shooter Shriyanka Sadangi

Shriyanka Sadangi was just 12 when she opted for shooting as a sport. Daughter of an army man, Shriyanka never thought she will be representing India some day but her hard work and determination towards the sport has helped her achieve that goal.

Amit Kumar | amitkumar104

Updated:November 17, 2015, 2:06 PM IST
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Rajyavardhan Rathore's Olympics glory inspired me, says shooter Shriyanka Sadangi
Shriyanka Sadangi was just 12 when she opted for shooting as a sport. Daughter of an army man, Shriyanka never thought she will be representing India some day but her hard work and determination towards the sport has helped her achieve that goal.
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Shriyanka Sadangi was just 12 when she opted for shooting as a sport. Daughter of an army man, Shriyanka never thought she will be representing India some day but her hard work and determination towards the sport has helped her achieve that goal.

Every sportsperson has an inspiration and so does Shriyanka. She decided to pursue shooting after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She made him her inspiration and followed his path.

Shriyanka, 20, bagged a silver medal in the 10-meter air rifle junior women’s event of the 13th Asian Shooting Championship held in Kuwait. The Delhi girl and her team scored 1228 points against Iran who claimed gold medal with 1233 points. Korea with 1227.8 finished third.

The young shooter told IBNLive about her experience of competing at the Asian Championship alongside veteran shooters, and what she aims to achieve.

How was the experience at the Asian Shooting Championship?

It was really a good experience for me. Shooting alongside top shooters in the tournament was amazing. It was a learning phase for me and I wanted to do well at this big platform, and I did it.

You missed the gold medal by some points...

We gave our best and were very close to winning gold. We could do better but the Iran team was really strong. Had we pushed a little bit harder, we would have won gold. But I am happy with my performance.

How did you opt for shooting?

My father is in Army. Army had started a sports initiative called 'Mission Olympics- Catch them young'. It was started after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the Olympic medal. I opted for the sport when I was 12. My father enrolled me in the programme. I started my training and then I saw Rajyavardhan’s incredible feat, which changed my life and attitude towards shooting. It changed the game for me. In that programme, kids of Army personnel were called for trials in various sports. Shooting was one of them. I opted for shooting as I was really inspired by Rajyavardhan. I cleared different levels and got selected in All India level under-12 category.

In just 8 years time from that moment, you are shooting alongside champion shooters – Heena Sidhu, Jitu Rai, Vijay Kumar, Omkar Singh and others. How does it feel?

It feels really good when the shooters we have seen achieving a lot and take inspiration from are shooting alongside you. We get to interact with them and take some valuable tips. We see their technique and temperament while shooting and we discuss with them. They share their experiences with us and it will definitely work for us in future. But it was really unfortunate to see the last-minute decision to strip the competition from its status of Olympic qualifier.

What was the mood among the shooters after they came to know that the tournament is no longer a qualifying event for the Rio Games?

Asian Championship is a key tournament to win quota place for the Olympics. Everyone was geared up and prepared for a close fight. But when the news came, I could see the disappointment on all faces. The seniors had ready worked hard and were dejected after the news came. But they didn’t let the disappointment come in way of their performance in the tournament. In the end, all did really well and we all juniors are proud of them. They played with true spirit and won the medals. They have two more months now [to qualify for Olympics] and I am sure they will do well.

Did you speak to any senior player after IOC’s decision came?

Not exactly. A general conversation was taking place among the seniors. It was kind of mix feeling in the range. They were upset but as nothing could be done after the decision, they got their focus back on the tournament.

What are the next opportunities in line to earn an Olympic quota place?

I don’t have much idea about this but it will be taking place either in China, Doha or India. I will be very happy if it happens in India because our players will get home advantage and winning the quota place or winning a medal at home gives a different feeling altogether.

Do you think shooting is a game for the elite class?

It is true. Shooting is an expensive game in comparison to other sports. It is one of the most expensive games in our country. A beginner needs to buy ammunition and cartridges to start shooting. But once you move up, sponsors approach and act as a helping hand for you. For e.g., my sponsors – Lakshya and Bhorukas- have played a key role in my career. They have supported me a lot. My family, especially my father, who is a former first-class cricketer, also encouraged me since childhood.

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