Anjum Moudgil: Putting more focus on 50m rifle three positions event ahead of Tokyo Olympics

At a media interaction facilitated by the Sports Authority of India, Anjum Moudgil spoke about the pressure of competing at her maiden Olympics, support from NRAI and more.

Moudgil will be part of an Indian contingent, that will head to Zagreb, Croatia to prepare for the Games- PTI   -  PTI

World Championship silver medallist and current world No.3, Anjum Moudgil, was picked in the Indian team for the 50m rifle three positions and 10m air rifle mixed team. However, she failed to make the cut in 10m air rifle in which she won a silver in the 2018 World Championships.

The 27-year-old has taken the decision in her stride, saying that she respected the selection policy. ‘’I am ok with it. I respect the decision. I will give my 100%. Nothing is lost, I still have two events. I am ready for it’’, said Anjum, in a media interaction organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Anjum was the only Indian women to make the final in the air rifle event at the World Cup in Delhi. ‘’I knew I was not performing well. I took time to figure out the reason with coach Deepali. I didn’t want sudden results. I worked on it for a year and a half. In the World Cup, I was extremely happy with my performance in all three events. I wanted to perform best in the World Cup and I did’’, recalled Anjum.

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Anjum conceded that shooting one event less did not diminish or enhance her chances of winning a medal in the Tokyo Olympics, and said that she would have given her 100 per cent even if she was shooting all three events.

Despite being highly competitive, Anjum has the heart to put the team ahead of herself. She talked about the ‘’good environment in the team’’.

‘’It is important that we stay together, travel together and talk to each other. It is important to have good friends. We are individual when we stand on our lane. But it is just a sport. We represent India, and winning for India’’, said Anjum.

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Anjum praised the training arrangements in Europe. She also pointed it out that being in Europe was much safer than travelling in India, which is currently reeling under a second Covid-19 wave.

‘’This much is required if everyone wants medals from us. We have to work. We can’t sit and wait’’, said Anjum.

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