Chinki Yadav fires Tokyo quota place
Chinki Yadav (IANS Photo)
Twenty-one-year-old Chinki Yadav came up with explosive stuff when it mattered the most in the 25-meter pistol event to seal India’s 11th quota place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Chinki shot an aggregate of 588 in the prelim phase and eventually finished sixth in the final but she had by then done more than necessary. As one who has been in the shadows of Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat for a few years, Chinki exploded on the big stage on Friday in Doha at the Asian shooting championship.
In the past, many Indian pistol shooters have done well in the precision stage and then slipped in duelling. I think it was her solid effort in dueling which made the difference, said coach Jaspal Rana, who has mentored the girl for a few years now.
From the time the thin girl started training at the shooting academy in Bhopal set up by the Madhya Pradesh government, Chinki has shown a lot of promise. Jaspal says she had been knocking on the doors for a while but somehow could find that one big score in previous World Cups.
I am very happy with the way I shot today and in a way it takes some pressure off me. To be honest, I was very disappointed I did not make the cut for the Rio Olympics in 2016 even though I was very hopeful, Chinki told Mail Today.
At that time, the Asian championship was to be held in Kuwait and there were some problems with the Kuwait National Olympic Committee. It has been hard work for me all these years. If I have to thank the people who have helped me in this journey, it will be a long list. I would like to begin by thanking my federation (NRAI), the shooting academy in Bhopal, my family and coach Jaspal sir for showing faith in me, said Chinky.
As one who has to juggle between college and shooting, Chinki says the months leading up to the Tokyo Olympics are crucial. I have to focus only on shooting and there is no question of wasting time. I will continue to be based in Bhopal and train for a major part, be away from distractions like the cell phone, said Chinki.
Daughter of an electrician in Bhopal, Chinki, who turns 22 in a fort night said the presence of coach Jaspal is a big factor in her shooting. I feel so much more confident when he is there. Today also he was there to inspire me, said Chinki.
Jaspal, who has to focus on Chinki, Manu Bhaker and a few more shooters is not worried about what needs to be done in the next few months. The main thing is the pistol shooters who I am working with leave out all the distractions. In India, when an athlete does something big, there is a lot of unwanted attention. Be it Manu or Chinki, I have to keep them insulated. Discipline and training are most important, he stressed.
Yashodhara Raje Scindia complimented Chinki on her efforts. The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh laid the foundation for sporting excellence and our efforts are now bearing fruit. My congratulations to Chinki, she said.