Vijay Kumar, who won the silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol event at 2012 London Olympic, was accorded hero's welcome by people from across the district, including officials of the administration and the local representatives of various political parties, on Saturday.
Bands played heroic songs in praise of the international shooter, whose family members were also present on the occasion. A procession led him to his home in Harsour village where Himachali dham was hosted for the invitees and all who had accompanied the procession.
While talking to the media, the marksman gave the credit of his success to the Indian Army. He said that he joined the army at a tender age and it was the army which chiseled his talent.
He thanked the central and the state governments for giving respect and acknowledging his success. He said that if the state government opened any shooting range, he would offer his part-time service to aspiring shooters.
He said he eagerly awaited the statement made by union sports ministers Ajay Makan - that Olympians who are able to win medals will automatically be promoted to group A category of officers in Sports Authority of India, which is equivalent to IAS officer - to turn into reality. Makan also pitched strongly for Kumar's promotion. Kumar is presently a serving subedar in the army.
The ace shooter said his next target is the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games where he is eyeing gold and thereafter he would take a little rest before devoting himself whole heartedly to the next Olympics.
With marriage not on the cards, he said he is fully committed to his passion for the sport.
Kumar's family members, including father Sub Banku Ram, mother Roshni Devi, grandmother Brahmi Devi and brother Ajay Kumar were jubilant about his success and hoped he would bring more laurels to the state and the country.