Asian Games gold medallist and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Jitu Rai is on national duty.

Promoted to the rank of Subedar Major in the army, Jitu has flown to the north-east to be with his regiment.

“There is no sport happening. I thought, why waste time. It is the best time to serve the army and the country. That is my priority ahead of sports,” said Jitu who moved from his family base in Indore.

On reaching his destination and his unit, Jitu had to be on quarantine for 21 days, before reporting for duty and getting the promotion. “I never ignore shooting. I am carrying my gun and get to practice dry firing for about one or two hours every day,” said Jitu, who had made the Olympic final in Rio.

He has won the World Championship silver medal, apart from a bunch of medals, in the World Cups and the Commonwealth Games.

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