Monday, May 20, 2019

Devanshi makes her International Air Rifle debut for India at Czech and Germany; first Sikkimese to do so

SINGTAM, MAY 21: Devanshi Agarwal, Sikkim born teenage shooting talent participating in her first International Tournament held at Czech Republic and Germany. In her 10 m Air Rifle Women Junior she bettered her own personal achievement with 612.8 points and secured 34th position at the International Shooting Competition (under 21) at Hanover, Germany held on May 3-12. 

She was one of the youngest participants (aged 15) in the tournament that featured 96 participants from 38 different countries. Earlier at the 50th Grand Prix of Liberation held at Plzen, Czech Republic, she had scored 608.5 points.

Speaking from her hometown Singtam, Devanshi says it was the proudest moment wearing the Indian Jersey and playing for the country. That moment cannot be described in words. Shooters from all over the world had proudly dressed up in their respective jerseys. It was ecstatic to see all of them. The skills and tricks which they use were another reason to cherish, all of them trying their level best.

In Czech Republic, it was an open championship; there were no age categories, so that added to be more exciting. In Hanover, I was in the under 21 category, it was a little difficult for me to adjust to that new range but it gradually defended, she further added.

Participating in her first International, she shared her experience. There was a huge difference in the competitions held in India and aboard, that firstly, there are more number of shooters and some better ones too. The difference I felt was the system of organisation, she said.

In the Air Pistol Junior Women category, another Sikkimese talent Tusitta Rai scored 517 points securing 46th position. Both Devanshi Agarwal and Tusita Rai studies at Ecole Globale International Girls’ School, Dehradun. Shiv Lal Dogra, School Head Coach had also accompanied them at the two tournaments. Both the shooters achieved the distinction of becoming the first from Sikkim to represent India and an International event.

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