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Karmakar has eyes set on Rio

New Delhi: At a time when most of the Indian sportspersons are yet to recover from the rigours of the London Olympics, shooter Joydeep Karmakar, who finished fourth in the 50 metres prone in London, has already finalised his plans for the next Olympics in Rio.

On Tuesday, Karmakar submitted a detailed plan to the sports ministry for the Rio Olympics. Requesting that he be granted financial assistance under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Karmakar has expressed his desire to once again train under German coach Heinz Reinkemeier.

“If I have to do well in the next Olympics, then I should start right now,” said Karmakar.

“I have submitted a proposal that includes the request for fund to train abroad under foreign coach, stay, equipments and participation in top grade tournaments. If I have to succeed, I have to start training immediately,” said the Calcutta based shooter.

Incidentally, Karmakar was the last person to be granted the NSDF before the London Olympics. The delay in release caused considerable problems for the shooter but he performed exceptionally well and narrowly missed the bronze.