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Shooting trials turn into a marathon run

delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2008 09:32 IST
Anupma Tripathi
Anupma Tripathi
Hindustan Times
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“It was a crazy day and I went mad,” said a marksman at Hans Raj College who was here for his shooting trials. The candidates who applied through sports quota in Delhi University colleges and had opted for shooting as their choice of sport were in for a hectic schedule.

On Friday, the candidates had a tough time as the trials of Hansraj College and St Stephen’s College were held within a gap of an hour. The Hindustan Times had reported that the dates for shooting trials in the two colleges were clashing.

Saturday too turned out to be a marathon day for shooters. Ramjas and Hansraj, both continued with their trials on the second day as they could not finish the trials in one day, given the large number of participants.

As a result, the marksmen found themselves running like athletes, attending one trial after another. Karthikeya Joshi, who topped in the air pistol category at Hansraj, said: “I appeared for Ramjas College trials in the morning at St Stephen’s (the venue for the Ramjas trials). Then, I had only 15 minutes to reach Hansraj and appear for the trials there.”

Surbhi Bahl, who attended Hansraj air pistol trials on Saturday, said Friday was very hectic.

“Shooting is a precision sport. I cannot keep running around. I cannot run and concentrate at the same time. Most of the time, I was gasping. I attended my Miranda College shooting trials and headed straight for Hansraj and registered my name with them and then went to Stephen’s for my trials."

“By the time I reached Hansraj, it was already late. I felt down in the dumps but later heaved a sigh of relief after knowing that they were holding trials today as well.”

Vijay Kumar, the Hansraj shooting captain, said it surely affects the performance of the aspirants, “Shooting is a mind game. If your mind is diverted, you cannot concentrate on your target no matter how hard you try.”