Jaipur, Aug 6: Rio is the buzzword for the next 16 days as the Rio Olympics kicked off today. And Rajasthan’s Apurvi Chandela is the current talk of the town. All eyes were trained on her as she competed in the 10 m air rifle category today evening. But it seems Apurvi and Ayonika Paul ranking 30th and 40th right now midway through the qualifiers, look to be going out of the competition and have failed to qualify in the women’s 10m air rifle finals.
Apruvi’s parents are in Rio to cheer their daughter but have not been able to meet her in person in the last four days. Her father Kuldeep Singh Chandela said the security is tight as in a war zone and no one is allowed to meet the participants.
Apurvi, 23, knows there is a pressure on her but she does not like predicting the future course and would rather focus on her game. A sociology student in Delhi University, she talks less and believes in action more, says her father.
Apurvi developed an interest in shooting after she saw Abhinav Bindra win the gold medal in 2008 Olympic games.
She has been practising for the last eight years for this event and I am happy that she has the honour of representing India. She has practising range at home too. When she is not at a camp , she quietly practices at her home.”
He says : “She obviously feels the pressure but does not show it and remains cool. And that is her strong point.”
She took the blessing of Jaipur’s main deity Govinddeoji before leaving for Rio.
She won the gold in National Shooting Championship in 2012, gold in Intershoot Championships in 2014, gold in 2014 Commonwealth games.