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'Deputy collector' Rahi Sarnobat goes on leave without pay for Olympics

NEW DELHI: Rahi Sarnobat, India's first feminine shooter to win an Asian Games gold, nonetheless has "nightmares" about her financial safety in spite of competing on the perfect point for more than a decade.

The 28-year-old pistol shooter from Maharashtra's Kohlapur feels that she should were financially sound after "all these years of hard work" but apparently she is not.

The Asian Games gold were given her a complete money reward of Rs 70 lakh (Rs 50 lakh from Maharashtra executive and Rs 20 lakh from Sports Ministry) but such are the expenses of a top-level shooter, Rahi ended up giving a bit of that award cash to her non-public trainer Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a former Olympic medallist and world champion from Mongolia. Dorjsuren is now a German citizen.

Rahi is supported by means of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) and may be hired as a deputy collector in her state's income department, but she has long past with out pay from September, 2017, because of her sporting commitments.

"I feel I don't have more than four years left as a professional shooter and after 12 years of competing for India, I still have sleepless nights about my financial situation," the soft spoken Rahi informed PTI.

She does not know for a way lengthy she is going to stay paying Dorjsuren out of her personal pocket (roughly Rs 50 lakh in keeping with yr) but remains fully dedicated to her sport and won't compromise on training one bit ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I have taken go away with out pay from the state income department. Anyway, I have now not been paid since September 2017. I thought of going to Mumbai and communicate to my employers but it is very hard to find time as a qualified shooter.

"We have back-to-back occasions and if there are not any tournaments, we are busy with the educational. I do want extra sponsors but don't know the way to go about the whole thing," stated Rahi.

The 25m pistol shooter overcame a career-threatening elbow injury to win the Asian Games gold in Indonesia, her first primary victory because the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She additionally gained a World Cup gold again in 2013.

It was most effective Dorjsuren, who played a big function in getting Rahi's profession again on the right track. The renowned trainer instructions a hefty remuneration and if scenario does not strengthen, Rahi says she is going to run out of money to pay her.

"2018 being a busy yr, I needed to educate with Dorjsuren for 10 months. This yr too, she might be with me for at least seven months (leading to an estimated annual expense of Rs 35 lakh on the price of Rs five lakh per thirty days).

"I hardly have any money to take care of myself and my retired parents. I hope I find a way to deal with this at the earliest," she added.

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