Kolkata, April 20: Mehuli Ghosh is already being hailed as the new sensation in Indian rifle shooting fraternity. She bagged nine medals in the last national championship in Pune including a silver medal in the senior level competition in her event, 10-meter air rifle.
Mehuli is now on her way to Germany where she will be representing Indian junior team in the forthcoming World Championship.
Speaking from the ongoing junior national camp for the World Cup in new Delhi, the 16-year-old shooter did not sound much thrilled in spite of the fact that World Cup is going to be her first ever international meet.
When asked about chances of winning medals in such a big championship, Mehuli interestingly replied: “I have Arijit Singh with me whose melancholic songs have been helping me to increase concentration.
"I hope here also in the World Championship, my focus and concentration will not break during the matches.
"I will hear Arijit Singh’s songs as I do always before any crucial match to get focused and at the same time to get relaxed also.”
Mehuli lives in a place named Baidyavati in West Bengal. It is around four hours from Kolkata via train.
The eleventh standard student travels four hours up and down via train every day, carrying her heavy rifle and kit bag to attend training sessions under her Olympian coach Jaydeep Karmakar.
Jaydeep who missed bronze by a whisker in the London Olympics in 2012, sounded highly optimistic about his student’s future.
Jaydeep said: “Mehuli has great potential. Her key strength is match temperament. I have never seen her collapsing in any big match. She has a huge chance of winning a medal in Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”
Mehuli’s father Nimai Ghosh is a temporary employee of a private company in Baidyavati. Once it was too difficult for him to maintain Mehuli’s expenditure every month.
He said, “Still, I borrowed money to buy her rifle that costs nearly Rs 1 lakh a couple of years ago.”
But now, those painful days seem to be over as Mehuli has got a sponsorship from Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).
The organisation has assured Mehuli of providing all required instruments and exposure tour for training.