It is every athlete’s dream to represent one’s country at the Olympics. It is the same for India’s ace Shooter Abhishek Verma. Verma is a shooter by choice and a professional lawyer-to-be. According to latest reports, he has applied for a license with The Bar Council of India to practice law.
The decision to practice law & shooting
Verma started off as a hobby shooter but in a few years his talent hit “bulls-eye”. Among other medals, he has bagged the World Cup gold twice.
He hopes of beginning his legal practice this year. This in no way means that he is leaving his passion. One thing worth mentioning is that Verma has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Coronavirus put his dream debut at the Olympics to a grinding halt.
The COVID-19 induced lockdown since March has forced the shooter to stay indoors. He has been honing his pistol shooting skills at his Chandigarh home where he has a 10m range.
Verma said that he has applied for the Bar Council license which prompted him to go out. The decision to apply for the same was possible because of more time that Verma has with him. The world has come to a standstill so is the shooting calendar with no tournaments at the moment.
He further said that he will start his law practice this year as there are no competitions. This will keep him busy. To get his license approved, Verma needs to clear an examination too. He plans to practice under a senior lawyer.
Abhishek Verma – Shooter and Lockdown Life
Abhishek used to train under coach Omendra Singh but shifted to another range due to some issues. In January, he started practising at a friend’s range in a Gurgaon mall. It has one electronic target system and the seven others are paper targets. Verma got the firing point tailor-made according to his needs, paying extra charges. He practised there until the lockdown was announced.
NRAI has reopened Delhi’s Karni Shooting Range for a core group of shooters. Verma feels that July is not safe to resume training. Things should be in control in August, given the recovery rate in Delhi.
Verma believes it is important for Olympic-bound athletes to resume training first. The athletes who have already bagged a quota need to start training. The quota winners training at the Delhi range is better and others can start after some time.
India has comfortably secured 15 quotas for the Tokyo Olympics.