'It was a real surprise': Anjum Moudgil on the nomination of Khel Ratna

CHANDIGARH: It was a real surprise, it was a rifle ace Anjum Moudgil First reaction after his name was recommended by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sports honor in the country on Thursday.

Chandigarh, 26, was one of the first two Indians to obtain quotas for the Tokyo Olympics, now deferred for a year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Elated by recommending her name for the prestigious award, Anjum told TOI: “My family and I are proud and happy. I think whoever deserves it the most should receive this title. It was a surprise .

Blocking could be boring for many athletes who are confined to their homes and camps during the period without any outdoor training, but Anjum is using the time with some online sports psychology courses.

“No block is not gloomy for me. I'm using time to the best of my ability, he said.

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In working out his routine during the period, Anjum says: “I am doing quite a lot of physical training, dry training to shoot, learning new things like dance cooking and doing online courses (AMA, sports psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition) playing games and spending time with family.

Anjum, who started filming in 2008, has been delivering the best performances in recent years. The year 2018 saw her win silver in the 3-position 50-meter rifle event for women at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico. She followed with silver in the same category at the Commonwealth Gold Coast Games that year.

The Chandigarh girl, along with her compatriot. Apurvi Chandela They were the first in the country to win a spot for the Tokyo Games. The duo sealed the maximum odds available to India at the event at the 2018 World Championship. While Anjum was a surprise silver medalist at the Worlds in Changwon, South Korea, experienced compressed air rifle shooter Apurvi also He made sure to seal a spot with his fourth place in the 10m final.

While much has been written about the 50 rifle 3 positions as his favorite event, Anjum, however, said he gives equal weight to both events, and his performances at the 10m air rifle event reflect his seriousness with the discipline.

I've always loved three positions because of the challenge it brings. So I used to enjoy it, but since 2018, I started to focus on my 10 meter air rifle and as a result all my individual medals are in the air right now.

It may have been a couple of years, I wasn't at the top of my game in 10m air, but things have changed since then and expectations have increased with people comparing my performances at both events. It's just that three positions need a lot more training when compared to a 10-meter air rifle, he said.

In addition to Anjum, the NRAI has recommended Jaspal Rana For him Dronacharya Award For him second year in a row. The association also named champion pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary , Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker and promising rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan For him prestigious Arjuna Award.