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Ace shooter seeks sponsors to fulfill Olympic dream

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Have you heard of a shooter who has participated in a National Shooting Championship without even owning a shooting kit? Coimbatore’s B. Sekar, an National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadet of SNR Sons College, participated in the 59th National Shooting Championship(open competition) at New Delhi that was organized between December 1 to 15.

Till date this son of an agriculturist does not even own a shooting kit. Currently he is ranked third among NCC cadets and is ranked 32nd at the all India level.

“I never expected that I will do so well. Of all the participants I was the only one who did not have a coach and I do not own a shooting kit. I have placed the order for one at Delhi. However, as soon as I collect and send funds, the company will start making the shooting kit for me. Currently, I am making arrangements for the funds.” 20 year old Sekar says.

He gives credit to Sudhir Niar and the members of 15 Battalion, NCC, Erode for training him in rifle shooting. Sekar started his journey with the State Level Firing Camp organized by DG NCC. Having cleared all the qualifying rounds, he stormed into the 59th National Shooting Championship.

He participated in Junior Men’s category 50meters small bore rifle and scored 597.9/654.He was rewarded as a “Renowned Shooter ” for the score that he achieved. He is the only person from Tamil Nadu NCC who has reached this level.

“A person who score 575 and above will be rewarded as Renowned Shooter and licensed to posses own rifle. At this contest I also got the opportunity to meet shooter Jitu Rai who bagged the silver medal in the 10 metre air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich and Gagan Narang who won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.” Sekar says.

Sekar has his eyes on the 2020 Olympics. “I am looking for a kind Samaritan who would sponsor me. My dream is to represent my country in the Olympic games and win a medal for India in shooting.” Sekar says. Having been selected for the Asian Trails Shooting Championship Sekar is busy getting funds ready to practise and participate.
Sekar can be reached at 96888-89420

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