She holds an Olympic quota, but from time to time the thought of competing in the Tokyo Games worries Chinky Yadav, thanks to the incredible depth of talent in Indian shooting.
While a quota definitely puts a shooter in the lead, it doesn’t necessarily mean an Olympics ticket for everyone. According to the selection policy of the National Shooting Association of India (NRAI), few shooters are selected based on their results in trials and competitions leading to the exhibit.
“Sometimes I think about the Olympic selection and I feel under pressure, but I also tell myself that whatever happens, I will see, I will try my best,” Yadav said.
The Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 8. On Wednesday, Yadav solidified his case with a gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol ahead of Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Baker in the ISSF World Cup. “I hope I’m selected for the team.”
Working with a psychologist has helped Yadav a lot.
By her own admission, she was under the pump and sweating as she locked herself in a battle with the experienced Sarnobat for gold. However, the 23-year-old kept her nerves to overcome the shot.
“Apart from my coaches, we also have a psychologist, Mrs., who works with us and she supports us a lot. Mental thoughts are controlled through meditation.”
The shooter from Bhopal, who started his attempts at sports when he was 12, secured an Olympic quota at the 14th Asian Championships in Doha in 2019.
Speaking about the final on Wednesday, she said: “I trained in advance for a draw in the final, I just had to do my best, not to think about who is competing with me and at what level.
“Besides, when I shoot badly, I forget that and I’m looking for a new beginning, I’m very happy to win my first individual medal for the World Cup for adults.” The coaches and the psychologist told me that I had to trust my own abilities. “
Yadav, who switched to a 25-meter pistol in 2013 after starting with 10 meters, admitted she was under pressure.
“I was under a lot of pressure, I was sweating, there was vibration in my body, but I focused on my technique and to control the vibration I focused on my breathing. The pressure is in every race, but it’s greater when we expect too much. “
Asked about the start of her journey, she said: “It started in 2012, my father lives on a sports campus in Bhopal, 21 to 25 sports are played in this academy and I realized that shooting is also there.
“In 2013 I moved 25 meters and within a year I was in the team and from the next year I started participating in competitions. So I have been part of the youth team for several years and then when I graduated senior I had a one-year break , during which I trained. ”