Want to make India proud: Mehuli

Mehuli Ghosh and Ayushi Podder. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta: Mehuli Ghosh and Ayushi Podder are both 17, but they ooze maturity when they speak.

Both shooters from the state will be representing the country soon. While Mehuli has stunned everybody by being selected in India’s shooting squad for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, Ayushi will be participating in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney in March.

For Mehuli, she is her own competitor. During an interaction with the media on Friday, she said: “I don’t see anyone else as my competition. I am my biggest competitor… I keep assessing my performances and that is how I can better myself.”

She added: “One of my dreams was to participate in the Commonwealth Games… That will be fulfilled soon. Also, I want to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics… I will work hard and will try to make my country proud,” she said.

Mehuli is coached by Joydeep Karmakar and she has full confidence in his guidance. “I don’t think I need a foreign coach at this moment. Joydeep Sir is an Olympian and he knows a lot about international shooting. So I think he is good enough to guide me,” she said.

Mehuli and Ayushi are classmates and both will be appearing for their Board examination this year.

Ayushi, in fact, will be attempting a fine balancing act. The Junior World Cup is to be held from March 19 to 29. Ayushi will be appearing for her Board examinations prior to the World Cup and then again after the World Cup.


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