In a recent interview with a leading daily PTI, Silver Medallist Sanjeev Rajput talks about his personal life and how he battles with a case filed against him that he denied. And how the shooting riffle has helped him land two major medals in the last six months.
As the Shooting is a mental sport as you need to concentrate much Sanjeev Rajput told PTI, "The personal issues are still going on but I can focus on myself, bring down my entire concentration to the shooting. I was not able to do that earlier but now I am able to cut off myself from everything when I am shooting. I believe if you are truthful, you will keep moving ahead".
37 years old former Navy man won his first Commonwealth Games gold with a games record at Gold Coast in April and today, he got his hands on his maiden individual Asian Games medal, a silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions.
Retired from Navy after giving service of 19 years to the nation Rajput joined Sports Authority of India but was sacked last year. Getting success is not easy for him as he does not have a job for more than 12 months. The Jagadhri-based is living on his regular source of income which is the monthly pension he gets from the Navy.
Rajput said, "I am quite hopeful that I would be offered something after today. Let's see what happens". He now has his hope from Haryana Government. "I have been shooting since 2003 onwards, been getting some medal or the other almost every year. I have also lost a lot of close matches in this period. Now when I am in a losing position, I think about those times and know what road to take. That helps."
Even after "The wind conditions were very tough and you could see that from the low scores. But I was able to regroup myself. Good, I have won a medal," he said. Before the final, I was thinking the kids who are half my age are doing so well and If I didn't win, 'toh bacche kya bolenge' (what would kids say)," said Rajput on a lighter note, referring to 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary winning the 10m air pistol gold.
Rajput added, "Lot of shooters have come up. They will definitely replace the old horses. 60 to 70 percent of the shooters have already been replaced. If you look at the Chinese example, every two years they have a new team. We are also on the same pattern. Now those who don't perform will be out. Funding is also not an issue anymore. You just have to perform".