Sikkim girl debuts in International Air Rifle Tourney


Gangtok, 21 May: Sikkim born shooting talent, Devanshi Agarwal participated in her first International Tournament securing 612.8 points to be placed in the 34th position in 10m Air Rifle Women Junior category at the International Shooting Competition (under 21) at Hanover, Germany held from 03–12 May.

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 used were another reason to cherish, all of them trying their level best,” she said.

In Czech Republic, it was an open championship; there were no age categories, so that added to the excitement, she shared.

“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 changed,” she further added.

On participating in her first international tournament, Devanshi said that there was a huge difference in the competitions held in India and abroad. There are more and better shooters and the way the tournament was organized was also different, 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 study at Ecole Globale International Girls’ School, Dehradun. School Head Coach,Shiv Lal Dogra, 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. [fromShitalPradhan]