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Old 25-Apr-2011
Ronjan books olympics berth

Ferozepur April 25:

Ace Indian double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi todday became the first Indian to qualify for the London Olympics in shot gun double trap event.

Ronjan has filled the country’s kitty to its brim after winning gold, silver and bronze medals in various international competitions including World Cup, Asian games and Commonwealth Games in the past few years, and this is another laurel that he has brought to the country.

Ronjan, a resident of Ferozepur, has managed to qualify for his participation in the prestigious sports festival - Olympics - after he won silver medal in shot gun double trap in the ongoing World Cup in Beijing (China). Ranked at number three, the champion has been bestowed with Arjuna Award by the Government of India and has been given a cash prize of Rs. 1 crore by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for his excellent performances in international arena.

Ronjan, who initiated himself into the world of shooting after getting inspiration from his family members, managed to hold a double world record in shot gun double trap event. The year 2010 had also turned out be an outstanding year of achievements for him. He created a world record of winning three medals on the international stage by winning a gold and team bronze medal in the Asian Games 2010 held in China and two silver medals in Commonwealth Games 2010 and a gold at the World Cup. In the year 2009, Ronjan had won a silver medal in World Cup and a gold medal in Asian Shooting.

Malwinder Singh Sodhi, Ronjan’s father, said, “Ronjan’s achievement is a matter of pride for the country, Punjab and this border town, Ferozepur. What is more interesting is that Ronjan belongs to the same district that had produced many Olympians who have represented India in hockey.” Coach Sunil Kumar, who trained Ronjan in his initial years, said youth from the region felt motivated by his achievements and many were now choosing shooting as their sport to make a mark in the national and international arena.

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