Joydeep Karmakar, the ace shooter from Kolkata in the prone rifle shooting launched its 10 meter shooting school on Sunday at the Sports Authority of India (SAI). His school, the third of its kind after Jashpal Rana and Gagan Narang has already 18 shooters from all over Bengal and Karmakar who, missing a medal in the London Olympics by whisker, earned fourth spot.
Karmakar informed after the inaugural programme that, his aim is to produce medal winning prospect from his school by 2019 Olympics. He said, “There are still a few infrastructural developments to be done in school. But as I do not have any sponsor. I am indebted to the SAI regional director Mr Manmeet Singh who has allotted me this room to prepare the shooting range.”
Karmakar also informed that, he would allow Bengal’s talented rifle shooters like Arjun Das to train here at this school without any fees. Karmakar also revealed he has bought eight rifles, costing Rs one lakh each, for the students of his school.
Karmakar however who has not participated in the qualification trials for the Rio, said. “I would like start training with an aim to earn medals in the Commonwealth Games and in the World Championship, to be held in 2018.” Karmakar has bagged a silver medal already in the recently concluded senior national championship in last September.