He is probably the youngest shooter on the domestic circuit, but has steeled himself to fight against all odds.
Twelve-year-old Samarjit Singh comes from a place where shooting is still struggling to take a firm grip, but he is qualified enough to appear in the National trials at Pune on August 26 for selecting the team for the Delhi Games.
But his training is being hampered by non-availability of air pellets. Despite that, the boy has high hopes of doing well in the trials. “My personal best so far has been 553 at the Jalandhar Nationals this year, and I am hoping to touch 575 at the trials,” Samarjit, great grandson of Raja of Kapoorthala, told HT.
Having taken part in two state championships, two Nationals and two pre-Nationals, Samarjit also did reasonably well at the World and Asian Championship trials this year. “I have rubbed shoulders with the bigwigs of Indian shooting. There will be no pressure on me when I go for the trials next week.”
Son of a national-level shooter, Samarjit took up shooting at the age of nine. “I have been familiar with guns and cartridges since childhood so I had no fear when I first held the pistol,” said Samarjit, a class VII student of La Martiniere College.
“My grandfather used to shoot for fun, my father was a competitive shooter, and now I want to continue the family tradition,” he said.
His father, Mukuljit Singh, appears upset at the non-availability of air pellets for training. “Despite qualifying for the World Championship selection trials, my son wasn’t given pellets by the National Rifle Association of India for his selection match…pellets are only being made available to (CWG) core group,” he said.