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Angad asks SAI for ammunition and clay

Working hard:Angad Vir Singh Bajwa is happy to train at home in Chandigarh, but has been compelled to slow down.Special Arrangement

Working hard:Angad Vir Singh Bajwa is happy to train at home in Chandigarh, but has been compelled to slow down.Special Arrangement  

To have a shotgun range at home is a blessing, especially during the time of pandemic. Reigning Asian skeet champion Angad Vir Singh Bajwa is happy to train at home in Chandigarh, but has been compelled to slow down.

“I have been rationing ammunition as I don’t have enough. I have asked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for ammo and clays. I am waiting for the approval,” said Angad.

He makes up for lack of ammunition by using the simulator for about 30 minutes every day.

“It is a machine similar to Scatt system that rifle and pistol shooters use. I managed to get the simulator before the lockdown.

“My coach Tore Brovold used it before the Beijing Olympics. It has been very useful for me during this time.”

Brovold won the silver in the Beijing Olymipcs.

Frustrating wait

While it has mostly been a frustrating wait of one more year for the Olympics, Angad feels it is a blessing in disguise.

“I am constantly in touch with my coach via video calling. I have made good progress in my shooting during this time. Getting an extra one year for the Olympics is a blessing for me. I have become a stronger shooter,” he said.

If he can afford to have a shotgun range at his farmhouse, it is not such a big task for Angad to have a gym at home.

Focus on fitness

“Tore told me to train less at the moment and focus more on my physical fitness and diet. I workout at the gym every day.”

Angad was clear that travelling to Delhi, a “hot spot’’, would not be safe, especially considering he has world class facilities at home.

Even though the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) had announced an Olympic core group camp, it did not make any attempt to assemble the concerned shooters.

“I have almost finished all shows on Netflix”, joked Angad, who reads a bit and watches a lot of football.

Getting an extra one year for the Olympics is a blessing for me

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