Rio Olympic quota winner Sanjeev Rajput is all set to become the shooting coach of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The 35-year-old Rajput, who hails from Jagadhri in Haryana, has finally got a job, ever since he left Navy in 2014.
The ace rifle shooter has accepted SAI’s offer. Rajput was suppose to join them earlier but had put his plans on hold due to the Asia Olympic Qualifying Competition for Shooting which concluded today.
The job is well suited for Rajput as he will be posted at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range which belongs to SAI and will be sharing his knowledge with other rifle shooters at the range.
Speaking to indianshooting.com, “I will be more than happy to help young shooters at the range. Coaching is also a part of training. Many top shooters around the world double up as coaches”.
After 15 years of service in the Navy, he decided to return home in 2014 as the Haryana government had promised him a job in the Police department. As fate would have it, he was denied the prospective job.
“After I left Navy in 2014 I was assured of a job — post of inspector — in Haryana police. When I accepted their offer, I was told by them that a stay order was issued after the change in government. I followed it up many times,” said Rajput, who was hoping to be given a higher post considering his exploits.
Rajput had joined Indian Navy at the age of 18, among other achievements globally, clinched the gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, China in 2011. He is also a two-time Olympian and an Arjuna Awardee.