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Indian shooting coach Monali Gorhe succumbs to black fungus at the age of 44

Monali Gorhe had recovered from COVID-19 only recently but was having difficulty in breathing due to infection in her lungs.

Monali Gorhe

Indian shooting coach Monali Gorhe succumbed to mucormycosis, the lethal fungal infection commonly known as the back fungus, on Thursday. It was only recently that she was shifted to a non-covid ward after being treated for the deadly virus. Her father Manohar Gorhe, had lost the battle to COVID-19 a few hours earlier too.

Her fellow coach Shraddha Nalamwar shares that even after recovering from the virus, an infection remained in her chest. She adds that while she fought hard, unfortunately she couldn’t beat it. “She had recovered from Covid. But an infection in her chest remained. And she was unable to breathe. She had been taking medicines, was trying meditation and really fighting hard. But it didn’t get better,” Shraddha told Indian Express.

“I was with her the last 14 hours. And she was talking and she was fighting to recover.”

NRAI mourns the passing away of Monali Gorhe

Monali Gorhe

Monali Gorhe had been guiding a bunch of female pistol shooters since 2006. She made it to the National team trials and represented her University, but she decided that her calling was in guiding the budding shooters. Monali received ISSF coaching certification from Germany. She then went on to serve as judge and take up her role on the state association’s managing committee.

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The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) mourned Monali and her father’s death and said in a statement: “With great sorrow we inform that Ms Monali Gorhe, Pistol Coach of Core Group and an efficient technical official passed away today due to black fungus. Its a tragedy that her father also died today. The Shooting fraternity mourns the sad demise of a hard-working human being.”

Monali Gorhe served as Sri Lanka coach for the 2016 SAFF Games, where she coached the men’s pistol team win a bronze. In India she had mentored national level pistol shooters like Shreya Gawande and Manisha Rathore.

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