Reacting to the reports that suggested he was seeking greener pastures after being constantly ignored by the UP government, ace shooter Naib Subedar Jitu Rai, who won a gold in 50-metre pistol at recently-concluded Commonwealth Games, said on Tuesday that he represents India and the army, not any particular state.
“I’ve won the gold medal for India and I got my training from the Army. So it is above representing any state,” Rai said in a press conference at Lucknow’s 11 Gorkha Regiment Recruiting Centre.
Earlier, Rai was quoted as saying: “I have been living in Lucknow since 2006 and it is my home. I really feel sad, very sad, that I did not get the recognition I probably deserved from UP for winning so many medals and bringing laurels to the state…If they don’t want to recognise my achievements they can tell me, I might represent some other state, look at Haryana, Punjab.”
Prodded by mediapersons Tuesday, Rai avoided commenting on the issue any further. Earlier, he had also indicated “confusion” among state government officials regarding his country of origin, Nepal, from where he moved to UP in 2006.
On Tuesday, Rai was also felicitated by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Central Command) Lieutenant General Rajan Bakshi and was awarded Rs 1 lakh for his feat. He said his next target is the World Championship in Spain and the Asian Games in South Korea.
Recently, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who also holds the charge of sports had announced felicitation and cash reward for CWG game winners from UP. However, a government official informed that the process was yet to begin.