Octogenarian shooter Chandro Tomar, who is nicknamed ‘Shooter Dadi’ passed away on Friday after she contracted coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday due to difficulty in breathing. The Twitter handle of the 89-year-old legendary shooter, hailing from the Baghpat village in Uttar Pradesh, had posted the development on Tuesday. “Dadi Chandro Tomar has tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to a hospital due to breathing problem. God protect all - Family," a tweet on her page read.
On Friday, she lost her battle to the coronavirus and passed away. Her sister and fellow shooter, who picked up the sport very late with her, expressed the pain of her loss on Twitter and wrote, “Mera saath chhoot gaya, Chandro kahan chali gayi (I lost my partner, where did Chandro go)."
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to pay his tribute to the “most lovable Dadi Chandro Tomar ji".
“I’m deeply saddened by tragic demise of our most lovable Dadi Chandro Tomar ji. She was inspiration for millions and will continue to inspire forever. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," he wrote on Twitter.
I’m deeply saddened by tragic demise of our most lovable Dadi Chandro Tomar ji. She was inspiration for millions and will continue to inspire forever. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lsa12up9Oc— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 30, 2021
Chandro was already 60-plus when she picked up the gun for the first time but went on to win many national competitions, even inspiring a Bollywood movie on her life ‘Saand ki Aankh’.
She is believed to be the oldest woman sharp shooter in the world.