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Shooter Deepak Kumar wants to leave his mark in Khelo India University Games

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Gautam Buddha Nagar: Rifle shooter Deepak Kumar, representing Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, aims to make a mark in the third edition of Khelo India University Games 2022, Uttar Pradesh. Deepak had participated in the previous edition of the Khelo India University Games but failed to make it to the medal tally. This edition of Khelo India University Games is taking place in his home state and he is working hard to make his place on the podium.

Deepak, who hails from Meerut, is a 10 meter air rifle shooter. He has participated in four National Games and aims to win medals in both national and international competitions. He says, “My target is to win medals here and in other tournaments as well. I will work harder with more dedication to reach my goal.”

Deepak fell in love with shooting when he was in school. He started shooting professionally in 2016 and till now he has faced some of the top level shooters in the country. He also inspired his younger brother to take up the sport.

Deepak comes from a middle class family of four members. Despite the hardships, he is determined to make his father proud someday.

He said, “I want to continue shooting, but there are many financial constraints. The cost of the kit and rifle is very high and it is very difficult for my father to bear such a huge expenditure. I am trying to make a mark in this tournament and secure the scholarships available for top performing players. The money will help financially.”

Every athlete gets inspired and learns from senior players. Deepak is also not untouched by this. When he was young, he was highly inspired by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra.

He said, “I fell in love with shooting when I saw Abhinav Bindra. My target is to reach that height and win an Olympic gold medal for my country.”

Deepak believes that the Khelo India University Games will inspire many young sports enthusiasts to take up sports as a career. He is proud that the third edition of Khelo India University Games is taking place in his home state.

He said, “It is a very proud moment for all the athletes of Uttar Pradesh as it is our home. The arrangements are very good and we are being provided with everything that is required. I believe that new faces will emerge from this tournament.