AFTER RAJYAVARDHAN Singh Rathore, another Army person has made the country proud at an international shooting event. Rajkumari Dondiya, a rifle shooter from Mhow, won three gold medals at the SAF Games being played in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Though, rifle shooting as an event is dominated by males, Rajkumari’s brilliant performance won her golds in three categories including 50 m team event, 50 m position team event and 10 m rifle team event.
Talking to Hindustan Times from her village Harsola, she said that excelling in a game dominated by males was not easy. “It is because of the Army that I could achieve this success in my career.”
It is not for the first time that she has excelled. Having represented India in over 10 international events, Rajkumari has 12 gold medals in her kitty.
Beginning her career in 1995, she notched up the first gold in an international meet within five years. A Vikram Award recipient for 2003, Rajkumari however, feels that there is still lot of space for improvement.
The results from open category players suggest that infrastructure and other facilities in the country are still not up to mark.
Citing the example of Delhi Shooting Range, she said the condition there is horrible. “Such is the state of affairs that one can’t even think for shooting,” Rajkumari said.
However, she lauded the Army for providing the best of coaching and infrastructure facilities to its personnel. On being asked about the Olympics, she said that her objective is to make the country proud by winning medals at the prestigious tournament.
WHERE THERE is a will, there is a way. Rajkumari has proved this saying beyond any doubt. Hailing from a small village in Mhow district, she decided to opt for this event during schooling. Rajkumari, the daughter of a civil driver in the Army said that, “Rifle attracts me a lot and I want to make the country proud.”