"There can be no bigger motivation for me than representing India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but for the time being, I am focusing on the upcoming ISSF World Cup," said London Olympics silver medallist Subedar Major Vijay Kumar.
Vijay Kumar hails from Barsar village under Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. He was felicitated by the families of his state residing in Indore, on Sunday. Kumar is presently serving in the Dogra Regiment (16th Battalion) Indian Army.
Speaking to HT after the felicitation function at the Daly College Kumar said, "I have my World Cup final after two months and I am focused on that. After that, I will try my best in the 2016 Rio Olympics."
Vijay Kumar, posted at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), Mhow since 2003, revealed about how he manages the rigours of Army life and training for shooting simultaneously.
"After being posted at the AMU, I took up shooting very seriously and won medals in various national and international level tournaments. However, Medal at Commonwealth Games motivated me," the silver medallist said.
Expressing his excitement over winning the Olympic medal, Kumar said that, "I was absolutely thrilled winning a silver in the London Olympics. Whenever I am free I analyse myself and feel that silver at the Olympics came like a bolt from the blue."
On how Russian coach Pavel Smirov polished his shooting skills at the AMU, Kumar said, "It's always great to work with Pavel and being associated with him helped me immensely especially at the Olympics level."
The Olympic medal winner said that in future he would go to foreign countries for further exposure and polish his skills.
Commenting on the most challenging countries in the forthcoming ISSF World Cup, Kumar said that shooters from Germany, China and Russia will pose challenge as they have excellent facilities.
He, however, said that there is no dearth of talent in India. "The need is to nurture them under proper guidance and we are getting that here at the AMU which is the main reason why Army shooters are performing excellently at the international level."