Rajput spoke to TimesofIndia.com from the airplane, earlier than it took off for Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday, May 11. A 13 member Indian contingent left for an over two month journey. The 40 yr outdated Rajput is assured of a very good present by the Indian shooters in Tokyo.
“We have a great chance to win a handful of medals. Our squad is strong,” Rajput informed Timesofindia.com in an unique interview earlier than leaving for Zagreb.
“I am heading to Croatia for my practice and training. I am all set and prepared. After finishing my training in Croatia, I will move to Tokyo. I am taking all precautions and following NRAI protocols. I am taking care of my diet. I have been given a physical exercise plan chart. I am following that as well,” Rajput mentioned.
RAJPUT SAYS YES TO OLYMPICS
Should the virus-postponed Tokyo Games be cancelled? As per a current survey, greater than 80 % of the Japanese inhabitants are towards the Olympics being held this yr as a result of lethal COVID-19 pandemic.
For an athlete although there may be nothing larger than the Olympics. Rajput echoed that sentiment, saying the Olympics should go forward with all of the precautionary measures in place.
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“Olympics should happen with all the safety protocols in mind. All rules and regulations should be followed. There shouldn’t be any carelessness. We all have worked hard to reach this stage. Olympics should happen. All I am requesting shooters and every athlete to please follow protocols. If you do so, things will go smoothly,” Rajput, a 4 time Asian Games medallist additional informed TimesofIndia.com.
“Our hard work shouldn’t go in vain. Safety should be the first priority for the Olympics,” he additional mentioned.
“Every shooter should maintain social distancing, wash hands, use sanitisers and wear masks. They should just focus on shooting.”
“I WAS THERE” – RAJPUT RECALLS BINDRA’S HISTORIC BEIJING GOLD
The Tokyo Olympics will probably be Rajput’s third Olympic look. He represented India on the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games earlier than this. He featured in two occasions in Beijing – 50 m rifle inclined (completed twenty sixth with 591 factors) and 50 m rifle 3 positions (completed twenty sixth with 1162 factors). In 2012 in London, Rajput scored 1161 and completed twenty sixth in the 50 m rifle 3 positions occasion.
“The Olympics is a different ball game. You need different preparation and psychological boost and a different mentality for the Olympics,” Rajput mentioned.
Abhinav Bindra (Getty Images)
Rajput recalled the 2008 Olympics when Abhinav Bindra created historical past by clinching a primary-ever particular person gold medal in Indian Olympics historical past and termed it his ‘favorite Olympic second’ of his life to this point.
“I am proud to say that I was there to witness that historic moment. My favourite moment in the Olympics was when Abhinav Bindra won the gold. I was cheering and clapping for him from the stands. What a moment that was. I still cherish it,” he mentioned.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) named a 15-member Indian taking pictures group for the Tokyo Olympics, throughout disciplines. They have additionally named two reserve shooters for every of the disciplines (barring the Mixed Team occasions).
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Indian shooters have been doing very nicely in competitions internationally. There is little doubt that taking pictures is one sport which has a number of Indian medal contenders.
So, who’s the massive favorite to win a medal this time? Rajput refuses to single out anybody.
“All shooters are favourites to win a medal, even I am a favourite. I have experience and I will make it count in Tokyo,” Rajput signed off.