: The Karnataka State Rifle Association, on Saturday, honoured P.N. Prakash for his bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon last week.
Speaking at the Sports Authority of India’s shooting range here, the 37-year-old hoped his exploits in the 10m air pistol would herald a period of success for the State in the sport.
“We have always wished that Karnataka’s shooters should be a threat at the National level,” he said.
“I promise to return with more medals hereafter.”
KSRA Secretary Rajesh Jagdale said, “This should be a game-changer for the sport here. It shows that people from Karnataka can challenge on the world stage. It will encourage many young shooters here.”
Thanking the KSRA and the Jagdale Group for supporting him, Prakash revealed that the pain in his right wrist, which had forced an eighth-place finish in the final of the 50m free pistol, had been so extreme that he had considered withdrawing from the 10m final.
“It was severe. But then I thought I had to hold on no matter what. For a few minutes, my focus was on the pain. Afterwards, it was just on my technique.”
The KSRA presented Prakash with a shawl and a sum of Rs.10,000.