Preparing for Tokyo Olympics, shooter Deepak Kumar suffered a jolt on the personal front as the quota winner’s car, a Honda WR-V, was stolen while he was attending the wedding ceremony of his sister-in-law in New Delhi.
The incident took place around 2:30 am in the night on Tuesday as the car was parked outside the VIP Park, JP Tent house in Keshav Puram.
“The response has been a bit slow so far (from the police). See these are matters which can take my focus away from the game. But I am not letting that happen,” said Deepak, who secured an Olympic quota in the men’s 10m air rifle at the Asian Championship last year.
“I am preparing for the upcoming ISSF World Cup in New Delhi and I will continue to do what I have been doing, train harder and give my best,” said the 32-year old Deepak.
A similar incident had happened with Deepak in 2018 when valuables were stolen from his car in South Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar.
Having parked his car outside the office of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in South Delhi, he found his valuables missing from the car and glass panes broken.
“It can happen that someone is after me and I don’t know. It’s all destiny. Let’s see what happens but right now my focus is the World Cup and my practice. This is an Olympic year so I can’t let my focus drift,” he said.
Deepak said he is hopeful of retaining his place in the squad that will be announced in a few months’ time.