Manu Bhaker, India’s most famous shooter, has declared that she will be deactivating her social media accounts. The 19-year-old is not quitting for good, but will take a break from social media until the Olympics are over. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist has decided to focus all of her efforts on preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.
Manu Bhaker announced the news on Twitter with the following message:
“As I enter the last leg of preparation for Tokyo Olympics, I am now going off social media till the end of Olympics. I will need your love, blessings n support to bring glory to our country. See you all soon!”
As I enter the last leg of preparation for Tokyo Olympics, I am now going off social media till end of Olympics. I will need your love, blessings n support to bring glory to our country. See you all soon! pic.twitter.com/X6ZbjSotQ2
— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) June 29, 2021
Hundreds of admirers flooded in with well wishes for the Olympic hopeful within an hour of the tweet. Manu Bhaker’s followers wished him well for the quadrennial spectacle. Boxer Manju Rani and Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the official spokesperson for the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party, were among the well-wishers.
Manu Bhaker’s chance to make a name for herself at the Olympics
@schaudhary2002 & @realmanubhaker with their 🥈 won at the 10M #airpistol mixed team event at the #osijek #issfworldcup This was India’s 3rd medal 🏅 in the competition @WeAreTeamIndia @ISSF_Shooting #indianshootingteam #shootingworldcup pic.twitter.com/XPTwDjp1cw
— NRAI (@OfficialNRAI) June 26, 2021
Manu Bhaker is hoping to make a strong first impression at her first Olympics. In recent years, the Haryana-born shooter has won numerous medals for his country. She has six ISSF World Cup gold medals and placed first in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary recently earned a silver medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event at the 2021 ISSF World Cup in Osijek, Croatia. She did, however, have a forgettable performance in the final of the women’s 25m pistol event, finishing seventh out of eight competitors. Rahi Sarnobat, a compatriot, won gold in this event.
Manu Bhaker is the only Indian shooter who will compete in three shooting events at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. In the 10m air pistol mixed team, women’s 25m sports pistol, and women’s 10m air pistol events, she will be representing the United States. With this, the child will be able to stamp her dominance and deliver several Olympic gold to India in the sport of shooting.
The last time India won an Olympic medal in shooting was in 2012, when Vijay Kumar took silver in the men’s 25 rapid fire pistol and Gagan Narang took bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle.