Champions have an uncanny sense of timing. When some Indian athletes are struggling to journey for training and competitors overseas, Asian skeet champion and World report holder Angad Vir Singh Bajwa was capable of finding his method to Italy, for an extended training stint.
With the shotgun World Cup scheduled to be staged in Lonato from May 7, Angad flew into Europe, a couple of month in advance, earlier than airways and international locations banned Indian travellers.
“I came before the situation got bad. I am training at my own expense,” stated Angad from Italy, relieved that he couldn’t solely practice but in addition get some restore work carried out on his gun. The authorities equipment usually doesn’t maintain tempo with the urgency of the athletes.
Even although he has been coated by the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), there was no time for Angad to attend and get the sanction.
“It is unfortunate that athletes who are going to the Olympics cannot get sanction, but others do. Olympics is very important and training here is the key, especially with the COVID cases in India going crazy. Hoping to stay here and train till the situation gets better,” stated Angad.
About a fortnight after Angad, one other skeet shooter Gurjoat Singh Khangura additionally managed to succeed in Italy. Coach Jitender Beniwal is with Angad and that has been an enormous assist.
Mairaj Ahmad Khan, the second Olympic quota winner in skeet, has had a bereavement in the household with his father passing away.
“I will start training at the Delhi range next week. As the COVID scene is very bad, trying to keep safety as a priority,” stated Mairaj, hopeful of regaining his focus.
“I hope Mairaj can make it here, as he will benefit with training here prior to the Olympics. The Olympics are more important than the World Cup,” stated Angad.
With a long run visa serving to in training in Europe, Angad was optimistic of capitalising on the scenario. “May and June will be really important for Olympic preparation.”