Champion shooter Apurvi Chandela, who has been nominated by her state Rajasthan for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, believes she has a strong case to receive India’s top sporting honour.
The 27-year-old from Jaipur had a brilliant 2019, setting the finals world record in the women’s 10m air rifle at the New Delhi World Cup with a score of 252.9 and following that up with a second gold medal at the Munich World Cup.
Interestingly, Chandela’s mark is better than the men’s world record, held by China’s Yu Haonan, by 0.1 points.
Chandela was world No. 1 from May to December last year, before the honour was taken by compatriot Elavenil Valarivan, who won the World Cup Final in Putian, China. Chandela, along with Zhang Changhong of China, won silver in the mixed-team event at the World Cup Final.