Winning Olympic medal very tough but not impossible: Avneet

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Beijing, Aug 6 (UNI) Shooter Avneet Kaur Sidhu has a wish, she wants to win an Olympic medal for the nation which has honoured her with the Arjuna Award.

''It is simply a great news that I have been chosen for the Arjuna Award, I am overwhelmed and now I want to do some thing for India and the best thing will be if I win a medal here,'' Avneet told mediapersons after her training session at the Beijing Shooting Range.

''It is going to be very tough, the field is very formidable and the toughest challenge is from Czech, German, Russian and Chinese shooters,'' Avneet said while talking about her chances.

''I agree it is going to be a very hard task, but I don't think it is impossible,'' she said.

''After all some body amongst the participants is going to win,'' the Air rifle Indian National champion said.

Avneet, who is the first woman shooter from Punjab participating in the Beijing Olympics, feels that she is well prepared for the competition.

''I will be taking in my pet event 10m air rifle and also 50 m air rifle,'' said Avneet who has in last six years, won 14 gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals in international and national level competitions.

She finished eighth in the World Shooting Championship at, Croatia 2006, which enabled her to qualify for the Olympics.

Having already participated in nine World Cups, Avneet feels that luck also plays an important part in winning the medal.

''On a particular day, your form and luck matters,'' she noted.

The Beijing-bound shooter said the practice cum training stint in Germany before coming here has helped her a lot. ''I have been able to get the ammunition what I wanted. It is very important for a shooter to have ammunition of his/her choice.'' Avneet, who is the Assistant Manager in Air India, won Gold and Silver in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

But later that year she could win only a Bronze medal in Doha Asiad.

Earlier this year, she won a Gold in the Australia Cup in Sydney.

''Shooting is my passion...I am simply addicted to it,'' she said and hoped that this time both form and luck will favour her, ''I am practicising very hard, I will give my best.

''Today I had couple of nines but I was able to have more of ten series, It is good going,'' she added.

Coach Sunny Thomas said all the shooters are in good form.

''We are training to a plan and I am confident that shooters will do justice to their talent,'' he said.

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