Rio Olympics 2016: Prakash Nanjappa aims for glory after 'frightening' past

Bengaluru, Aug 1: Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa will aim for glory at the Rio Olympics 2016 after three years of medical sabbatical.

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The Bangalore based 40-year-old shooter was forced to quit shooting after he suffered "a type of stroke or paralytic attack" in 2013 at a world cup event in Spain. [India will win 2 medals at Rio Olympics 2016]

Prakash Nanjappa  competes in the Men's 10m Air Pistol Team qualification shooting event at the 17th Asian Games

Nanjappa was diagnosed with a type of paralysis known as 'Bell's palsy', mainly on the right side of his face.

The official website of Rio Olympics 2016 quoted Prakash Nanjappa: "The scariest part was when the doctor said I would have to stop shooting.

"That motivated me to come back. When it happened I looked at myself in the mirror and something was wrong with my face, it was frightening. It looked like my shooting career would be over."

It took him six weeks to recover from this dangerous problem but the brave-hearted Nanjappa recovered full and now he is fit to represent the nation at the games.

Further in his career, the Indian shooter suffered wrist pain during the 2013 world cup event in Republic of Korea, but irrespective of that he still managed to win a bronze medal, which at the time was the best performance by an Indian male shooter. [Full list of Indian Athletes at Rio Olympics 2016]

Prakash Nanjappa was a promising Badminton player but unfortunately, due to a torn ligament he had to leave the sport.

He picked up shooting as a challenge from his father but due to financial support, Nanjappa moved to Canada to work for several years. In 2009 he came back and took up the sport again.

Nanjappa further said: "There was something missing. I spoke to my father and he suggested I get back to what I love and start shooting again.

"I am now 40 years old, but it is just a number - it isn't going to make any difference in the way I shoot.

Prakash Nanjappa has won a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the 10m air pistol

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