9 shooters to win Oly medal for India: Rathore

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Patiala, Mar 28: India would definitely win the medal in the Beijing Olympics if the shooters perform according to their stature, a confident Rajyavardhan Rathore, winner of the country's first ever Olympic silver medal in the double trap shooting event asserts. ''After winning a silver medal I feel that I need to bag a gold for the country and that would do justice to my career'', the world's third best double trap shooter told mediapersons here when quizzed about his own chances.

The 34-year-old army-man, here to take part in the Masters 2008 Challenge underway at the New Moti Bagh Gun Club, however, conceded that of late, he had not been in his prime form. But he was not really worried over this aspect, sure that his hard work would pay off and he would be in good shape before the upcoming Olympics. He said he has been working hard on his fitness and synchronisation stressing that ''for a shooter the co-ordination of hand and eye has to be just perfect, and that is what I have been trying to attain''. ''I think that I am rather glad that my form is not great at the moment as I am sure that my hard work would pay in the coming few tournaments so that the Olympics come at the right moment,'' said Rathore. He would be leaving for sessions abroad to get in good nick before the Olympics, he added.

A product of the National Defense Academy, Rathore said that he would try to get maximum exposure around the globe and his tours would include countries like USA and Europe. ''The more I travel the better it would be for my shooting sessions'', he said. Avoiding to get into the issue of shortage of ammunition for the shooters in the country, Rathore said that the SAI had more shooters to feed and ''despite the hardships, the association and the government had been doing their bit''. ''Now it is upto the shooters to prove their mettle and with nine shooters in fray for the mega event in China, the chances are great'', he asserted.

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