GUWAHATI, Feb 10 - Unperturbed by the absence of top-notch competition at the South Asian Games, Olympics -bound Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela, says that winning medals for the country is always a delight.
Although the 23 year old shooter is happy to win as many medals as she can for the country but her main focus is definitely on the biggest sporting extravaganza- the Olympics.
Chandela clinched the 10m air rifle gold with a total score of 209.00 ahead of her Indian team-mates Elizabeth Susan Koshy and Pooja Ghatkar at the Kahilipara Shooting Range here today.
“Winning the gold for the country is always a delight. That is the satisfaction and the motivation. I wanted to participate in as many events as possible ahead of the Rio Olympics,” she told The Assam Tribune.
She was one of the first Indian shooters to qualify for the Rio Games, claiming her berth last year. Chandela also stated that she has already started her training for the Games in August.
“I want to do well in the Olympics and I want to maintain my confidence. So, I took part here and I am happy that I did well and won a gold,” she said.
Regarding the infrastructure at the Kahilipara Shooting Range in the 4th APBN complex, the shooter said: “I am not very concerned regarding what is there and what not as long as I can see the target.”
Asked about the tournaments she would be competing in the run up to the Olympics, she said: “I am going to take part in all the four World Cup legs to be held before the Olympics. That will give me enough top level exposure before the Olympics.” The Commonwealth Games gold medallist also won a silver in the ISSF World Cup at Changwon and a silver in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Munich last year.
Chandela said that she was especially looking forward to the second ISSF World Cup to be held in Rio de Janeiro, the venue of the Olympics, in April to acclimatise with the conditions there before the Games in August .
“I am especially looking forward to the second World Cup leg in Rio and there I hope that I would be able to get the chance to acclimatise to the conditions as it will be the venue of the Olympic Games,” said Chandela, who won a gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Regarding her financial aspect, she said, “My family is looking after it. Also, the Olympic Gold Quest is there which is helping me out financially in my training and preparations for the Rio Games. I am happy so far.”