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Mumbai(PTI): Vishwajeet Shinde (45) intently believes that hard work always pays off. He claims that need for quality training and a team of experts to provide guidance makes the associated costs immensely high. Shinde has proved his mettle at various international tournaments and currently leads a team of young marksmen at Veer Savarkar Sports Complex, Dadar (W). He found place in the national record book under the 300 metre rifle shooting category also. Shinde talked to iamin about his journey so far:
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How were you introduced to rifle shooting?
My father collected guns and I started training with a vintage gun. I used to shoot matchboxes and tin cans. Later, I made my way to the professional arena. The main purpose behind this was to remain physically active and to excel in any kind of sporting activity. When I took part in NCC camps, I was selected for various national camps and tournaments. Since then, I have never looked back and I feel incomplete without my rifle.
What are the costs associated with your training?
Shooting is one of the most expensive sports. When I started training, my friends and I would share a single rifle, along with the shooting kit. There are a lot of important costs associated with my training that are not financial in nature.
How would you compare the standard of training in India to that abroad?
Our nation is still at a developing stage as compared to other countries. However, the range at Savarkar Sports Complex is one of the best in the nation. The main drawback is the lack of quality Indian coaches. A coach plays a very important role in any athlete’s life.
So what is your next target?
I aim to achieve perfection every single day, with every single shot. I want to organise a platform for rural talent and bring such talent to the fore. I hope to inculcate the same values and passion in the talent I find, as was imbibed in me by my trainers.