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Right now, Vijay Kumar, the Olympic silver medalist-turned-law enforcement officer, is dealing with burglary, brawl and “even murder” -related cases, aside from frequent court visits.
Vijay was posted to the Himachal Pradesh Police Headquarters (PHQ) in Shimla as the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with fame by winning the silver medal in the 25 men’s rapid-fire pistols at the London Games.
All these years he was busy fulfilling his responsibilities as a senior police officer and before that in training as a police officer. That was after serving in the Indian Army for 16 years.
With a view to the Paris Olympics in 2024, his first challenge is the running Nationals.
“I take part in the Nationals. I’m starting from scratch as I’m going back to the sport after five years, ”said Vijay.
“During the time I didn’t shoot, I was too busy with my police training and then got busy with my duty as a police officer. So I never really had the time to keep shooting, ”he added.
What also makes me confident is the fact that I was able to win a silver medal at the Olympics. Then if I could, there is no reason to believe that I won’t be able to do it in the future. I’m only 35 now and I can hope to shoot for at least another 10 years. “
He’s got permission from his department to compete in the ongoing championships, and Vijay also plans to get permission from his supervisors for full-time training while keeping his eyes on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
He knows it’s easier said than done.
“I know that the path ahead will be extremely difficult. Four times more than usual, because I come back after a long time while the others are in regular contact with sport and training.
“But I am confident and have faith in my ability to get my bearings again when shooting. What also makes me confident is the fact that I am at the Olympia. Then if I could, there is no reason to believe that I won’t be able to do it in the future. I’m only 35 now and I can hope to shoot for at least another 10 years, ”said Vijay.
A five-time Commonwealth gold medalist, Vijay left the army in 2017 to join the Himachal Pradesh police force.
“Office work kept me busy. As was customary, I had to deal with cases of theft, brawls, and even murder. (Section) 302 ke case bhi the (302, section related to murder was also there), “he said.
First of all, Vijay doesn’t have high expectations.
“I know that I have to be patient. But I definitely intend to train full-time now and I have to get approval from my department to do that. ”
India has not won an Olympic medal in shooting since Vijays Silver at the Royal Artillery Barracks on the afternoon of August 3, 2012.
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Posted on: Wednesday November 24, 2021 3:08 PM IST