In a first for Indian shooting, double-trap champion Ronjan Sodhi on Monday grabbed the top spot in world rankings, but the marksman is disheartened by the fact that the sport that has won the country so many laurels, is still waiting to get its due. "Shooting has not got its due," Sodhi said matter of factly.
Anguish was written large on his face as he urged the corporate houses to come forward and help the country become a superpower in Olympic sports. "We can emulate the US as their system is very similar to us and can compete with them on an even keel in the multi-discipline event. But the only difference is that they are getting a lot of corporate support," he said.
Though he praised the government's efforts, what has left the shooter crossed is the lack of recognition in general.
"We have got enough government support. Olympic sports, without its support, cannot survive. But despite winning so many medals in international events, the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, shooting has not got its due," he said.
On being ranked No. 1
As the discussion turned to his latest achievement, the despondent look gave way to a smile.
"It's a great feeling to be ranked world No 1. It was one of my dreams to be at the top of the ISSF rankings and now that I have reached here I plan to look forward towards my other goals and ambitions. The journey hasn't been easy but my determination was what kept me going and the last three years have given me a lot of reasons to smile," Sodhi said.
On the Olympics
The Asian Games gold medallist, who has recently won a bronze in the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, has his eyes trained on next year's London Olympics. "An Olympic medal is the greatest achievement for any sportsman," he said.