Sanjeev Rajput, Indian rifle shooter has recently expressed his views on the preparations and focus on the upcoming historic Tokyo Olympics 2021. India has secured a total of 28 medals in the history of Olympics and out of which 4 medals have come through the shooting sector. Shooting is a significant sport of India with numerous talented shooters with the potential to excel in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021.
“We have a great chance to win handful of medals. Our squad is strong,” said Rajput as quoted by TOI as he shared his optimism towards the upcoming Olympic event in an exclusive interview with Times of India before leaving for Zagreb.
“I am heading to Croatia for my practice and training. I am all set and prepared. After finishing my training in Croatia, I will move to Tokyo. I am taking all precautions and following the NRAI protocols. I am taking care of my diet. I have been given physical exercise plan chart. I am following that as well,” he further said.
Sanjeev Rajput definitely wants the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to take place as the Olympic athletes have toiled hard to showcase their talents in the historic event and bring pride for their nations. “Olympics should happen with all the safety protocols in mind. All rules and regulations should be followed. There shouldn’t be any carelessness. We all have worked hard to reach this stage. Olympics should happen. All i am requesting shooters and every athlete is to please follow protocols. If you do so, things will go smoothly” said the 40 year old Indian rifle shooter.
Sanjeev Rajput says safety should be the priority
The Arjuna awarded rifle shooter adviced all the Indian athletes forming part of the Indian contingent to travel for Olympic event and that they must have their at most focus towards preparation for the event and shall strictly adhere to the regulations imposed for the health and safety of the participants.
“Our hard work shouldn’t go in vain. Safety should be the first priority for the Olympics. The Olympics is a different ball game. You need different preparation and psychological boost and a different mentality for Olympics,” said the four time Asian Games medalist.
Abhinav Bindra is the only Indian to bag a gold medal in the Indian Olympic history for rifle shooting in the year of 2012 which was held in Beijing, Capital of China.
“I am proud to say that I was there to witness that historic moment. My favourite moment in the Olympics was when Abhinav Bindra won the gold. I was cheering and clapping for him from the stands. What a moment that was. I still cherish it,” Rajput said.
The Indian rifle shooter veteran was finally asked who was his favourite to secure medal in the upcoming Tokyo Olmpics-2021 event. He answered: “All shooters are favourite to win a medal, even I am a Favourite. I have experience and I will make it count in Tokyo.”
Indian fans would definitely hope that the Indian rifle shooting contingent will return home securing record number of medals and all the expertise of the veteran Sanjeev Rajput along with the hard work of all the athletes shall come handful for India to secure a prestigious spot in the podium.