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Rahi left personal setbacks behind to emerge gold winner



Rahi left personal setbacks behind to emerge gold winner

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23 Aug 2018, 18:37 IST

Mumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) Rahi Sarnobat overcame personal setbacks together with her then trainer’s demise and a manor damage to script historical past the previous day via turning into the primary Indian lady shooter to clinch gold medal within the Asian Games.

Her personal trainer Anatoli Piddubnyi died in 2015.

“Not only Rahi, but we all felt bad after he died, as he was with us for three years and had almost become a family member. After Anatoli’s death, we did not think of appointing a new coach for four months,” her father Jeevan Sarnobat instructed PTI.

“In the same period, Rahi had suffered an injury and was advised rest. She needed to stop practising. We kept supporting her,” added her father.

“She was deeply upset by the coach’s death. But she did not dwell on it and moved on. With her injury too, once she was told that rest was necessary, she did not keep worrying (about getting back to the sport),” he mentioned.

The damage saved her out of motion for greater than a 12 months.

The 27-year-old shooter pipped Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest within the Asian Games the previous day.

Her new trainer is Mongolia-born Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a two-time international champion and Olympic medallist from Germany.

Sarnobat describes Rahi as a quiet individual.

“She is quiet by nature, so usually we don’t give her any advice. When she is nervous, we discuss other things and not shooting, so that she is relaxed. We used to take her for outings (when she was going through a tough phase) and that’s how we comforted her,” Sarnobat mentioned.

Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), co-founded via sports activities legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi, is bearing many of the price of Rahi’s training.

Former global hockey participant and CEO of OGQ Viren Rasquina mentioned the not-for-profit organisation is supporting her from 2013.

“We have done two main things for Rahi. One was to help her get the (new) coach, Munkhbayar Dorjsuren. We are bearing a big portion of the budget for Rahi’s coach,” he mentioned.

The different essential factor OGQ did was once appointment of a full-time physiotherapist who handiest works together with her, taking into consideration that she had accidents for the ultimate three-four years, he mentioned.

Celebrations in her place of birth Kolhapur could have to wait as Rahi is now headed to the Worlds in Changwon in South Korea, the place she gained her handiest World Cup gold again in 2013, and will go back subsequent month


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