India’s 10m Air Rifle star Deepak Kumar is very hopeful of making it to the Indian shooting team that will be travelling to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo later this year.
The 32-year-old won a bronze medal in November last year in the 10m men’s Air Rifle event at the 14th Asian Shooting Championships held in Doha, Qatar, which had sealed an Olympic quota for India in the event.
And the Delhi-born shooter sounds confident of retaining his place in the Indian team for the second consecutive Olympic campaign.
“My place in the Indian shooting contingent isn't confirmed yet. The Olympic team will be decided in a few months. I feel that I have a 99.99 per cent chance of making it to the team since I have produced good results," Kumar was quoting as saying by the Press Trust of India.
Deepak Kumar expecting great outing in Tokyo
Indian shooting has grown leaps and bounds since their 2016 Olympics outing. Shooters like Manu Bhaker, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Rahi Sarnobat, Abhishek Verma, Yashaswini Deswal and many more have performed well at the ISSF World Cups and sealed places at the Olympics, early on.
And the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist cited the same while being optimistic about the nation’s chances on the big stage this time.
“India have finished number one in all of the shooting World Cups in 2019. So, I am expecting a great result from the Indian shooting contingent at the 2020 Olympics," he said.
Deepak Kumar also praised the Khelo India University Games, which will be starting shortly, where he is hoping to see shooters with much more maturity at the university-level.
"The junior shooters in India are doing extremely well in various competitions. If our junior athletes are doing so well, then we will find athletes with even more maturity at the university-level through the Khelo India University Games,” he hoped.
"With continued efforts from the government, the Indian athletes will produce better results in the future Olympic Games," Kumar added.