‘Good show in Munich will help’

India’s top-ranked junior category skeet shooter,Delhi-based Smit Singh doesn’t just sit pretty on that achievement. Instead,he is spending most of his time shooting clay pigeons in Munich,Germany as a run up to the 50th World Championships there.

Written by Siddhartha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: August 3, 2010 2:30:22 am

India’s top-ranked junior category skeet shooter,Delhi-based Smit Singh doesn’t just sit pretty on that achievement. Instead,he is spending most of his time shooting clay pigeons in Munich,Germany as a run up to the 50th World Championships there. The test of his targets starts on August 8 where he is accompanied by Mairaj Khan,PP Singh,who will also be wearing the Indian colours. Smit who is a part of the core group of shooters for the CWG,says his World Championships performance will be crucial in deciding whether he gets to represent the country at CWG or not.

In fact,it was the Commonwealth Games dream that made the Punjab shooter capital bound. After having captured the National Championships consecutively for two years and winning the Punjab State Shooting Championships five times,the Junior shotgunner felt the need to fine tune his talent under experienced coaches. “After they assessed that I have talent,the Indian government selected me to train under Chinese Olympic Gold Medalist Shan Zhang. Also,Delhi has better shooting ranges and infrastructure where I can refine my skeet shooting skills. However,the main reason remains CWG for shifting my base to the capital,” Singh told the Sportline from Munich.

“Out of 125 points,the CWG qualifying mark was 114 points which I have surpassed but my final selection will depend on my performance at the World Championships as only the top two will get the opportunity to represent India,so my focus is to give my best,” he added.

The shooter also has a detailed training plan for the CWG and the Asian Games. He says once he is selected in the final team for these two events,he will fly to China to enhance his skills under the guidance of his coach Shan Zhang. “As of now,my technique can be still worked upon. I feel spending time with Zhang will help in perfecting nuances and moreover she focuses on the mental aspect of the game which can be a deciding factor in big events,” Singh said.

Being the only junior among the Indian team at Munich does not make Singh nervous at all. He rather takes it as a healthy challenge to put his best foot forward. Although Singh denies reeling under pressure,he believes competing against the world’s best shooters will be a good test of his mental strength. “I have been training hard for long which should definitely prove beneficial now. It’s time to concentrate on my performance rather than evaluating what my seniors are doing. I believe every good thing is difficult to achieve and I don’t want to leave anything on luck,” Singh added.

For Singh,aspirations don’t end with the Championships or the CWG. His long term plans are far bigger. “My aim is Olympics and I feel this tournament is a platform to inch closer to that dream. I have not decided on any specific strategy for the World Championships but I have played here before so I am confident to bag a medal,” Singh signed off positively.

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