To talk about shooter Joydeep Karmakar’s Olympic dream, one would have to rewind the clock back to the summer of 1998. Karmakar, only 19 then, was already blossoming under the media spotlight after his exceptional performances at the national trials.
He was asked to get his passport made so that he could go to Barcelona to participate in the junior category of the quadrennial ISSF World Shooting Championships. However, when he reached Delhi, he was told that the federation had decided against sending Indians competing in the 50m rifle prone event.
“Indians don’t pose a chance in the event, they said. ‘It doesn’t matter whether you go or do not go. We have historically been poor and will continue to remain the same,’ was all I got from them. Needless to mention, I cried a lot. It would have been my first international,” says Karmakar.
He shares the story eight years to the…