Pournima Zanane, a former shooter and an ISSF-licensed coach, has died of cancer aged 42.

India’s shooting fraternity, including Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, have mourned Zanane’s untimely death.

Zanane, born in Nanded, was a national record holder in 10m air-rifle event. She took to coaching and was honoured with the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports award by the Maharashtra government. She started her career in Mumbai before shifting base to Pune. She represented India at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships, Commonwealth Championships, among other tournaments.

Zanane was diagnosed with cancer during the National Championships in Kerala two years ago and underwent extensive treatment for it. According to ex-India rifleman Joydeep Karmakar, Zanane had almost recovered after receiving treatment for cancer.

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