Calcutta: They may wield guns, but that doesn’t affect the camaraderie between shooters Abhinav Bindra and Joydeep Karmakar.
After returning from the London Olympics, Joydeep, who contests in the 50m Rifle Prone event, had announced that he would be training with Bindra at the latter’s private shooting range.
And on Wednesday, when the city shooter revealed that he will be teaching the Beijing Games 10m Air Rifle gold medallist the nuances of Prone shooting, one understood that the friendship is only growing stronger every day.
“I had a long chat with Abhinav today… I was supposed to start training with him on October 1… But the plan got delayed because Abhinav is facing some personal problems. As soon as his problems get sorted out, we will start training. We planned several things, among which I will be teaching him Prone shooting… Abhinav also told me that he will be giving me lessons on standing shooting,” Joydeep said.
He was speaking at a media conference where it was announced that the State Shooting Championship and the Eastern India Shooting Championship would get underway at Asansol Rifle Club, on Friday. While approximately 200 shooters will participate in the state event, around 250 participants will shoot in the zonal event.
Joydeep’s son, Adryan, will participate in the under-12 category. “This will be his maiden tournament… He is only seven… I hope he does well,” said the doting father.
Asked whether he will be participating in the tournaments, Joydeep said: “I’m taking rest… I haven’t even started training after I came back from London. My next tournament will be the National Shooting Championships, which will be held in Delhi, in December. As far as international events are concerned, I’m going to participate in the Kuwait GP in March next year.”