|Real name||Apurvi Singh Chandela The Times of India|
|Profession||Air Rifle Shooter|
|Physical Stats & More|
|ISSF Sports Height||in centimeters– 155 cm
in meters– 1.55 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 1”
|ISSF Sports Weight||in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 114 lbs
|Event||10 m Air Rifle|
|Coach(s)/Mentor(s)||• Rakesh Manpat
• Stanislav Lapidus
• Oleg Mikhailov
• ISSF World Cup 2019 in New Delhi
• ISSF World Cup 2019 in Munich
• ISSF World Cup 2019 in Rio de Janeiro
• Indian Senior National Shooting Championship 2012 in New Delhi
• Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow
• ISSF World Cup 2015 in Munich
• ISSF World Cup 2019 in Munich
• ISSF World Cup Final 2019 in Putian
• ISSF World Cup 2015 in Changwon
• Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast
|Record||World number one 10 m air rifle shooter in 2019 The Indian Express|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Letter of Appreciation by the former President of India Dr. Pranab Mukherjee (July 2014)
• Arjuna Award in 2016
|Date of Birth||4 January 1993 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||28 Years|
|School(s)||• Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, Rajasthan
• Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur, Rajasthan
|College/University||Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University|
|Educational Qualification||B. A. Honours in Sociology Olympics.com|
|Food Habit||Non-Vegetarian Instagram|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Kuldeep Singh Chandela (hotelier in Rajasthan)
Mother– Bindu Rathore (former basketball player)
|Siblings||Sister– Tejasvi Chandela (pastry chef)
|Song(s)||Hall of Fame by Will.I.Am (2012) and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s title track (2013)|
|Food||Gatte ki Sabji and Daal-Baati|
|Actor||Irrfan Khan, Tom Hanks, and Bradley Cooper|
|Actress(es)||Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra|
|Film(s)||Mary Kom (2014), Raazi (2018), and Angrezi Mediun (2020)|
|Autobiographies||Andre Agassi‘s “Open,” Rafael Nadal’s “Rafa- My Story,” and Abhinav Bindra’s “A Shot at History”|
|Fiction Book||The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Apurvi Chandela
- Apurvi Chandela is an Indian 10 m air rifle shooter and an Arjuna Award recieptent.
- She was born and brought up in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
- While she was in school, she wanted to become a sports journalist. When she saw the former Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra winning a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she got inspired to become an air rifle shooter.
- Apurvi’s great grandfather Thakur K. Singh took to target shooting (after his retirement) with ‘Dr. Karni Singh,’ a shooter who participated in the Olympics for five times. In Delhi, a shooting range is also named after ‘Dr. Karni Singh.’
- She started her training in shooting when she was in class 11 at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
- She participated in the National Shooting Championship (2012), while she was in college in Delhi and won a gold medal.
- Initially, she used to travel 45 minutes from her home to a shooting range in Jaipur. Later, her parents set up a shooting range at their home in the basement area.
- She started her professional training in air rifle shooting under the Indian shooter Rakesh Manpat.
- Apurvi practised her game well, and later, she won many national and international tournaments. In an interview, she talked about her tournaments. She said,
I play every match with the intention of giving my best, and I think it’s normal to have the pressure of performing well. I also had it in the first match I ever played, but I am getting used to it now since I’ve competed in so many competitions and gained more experience.”
- Thereafter, she did her training in air rifle shooting under Stanislav Lapidus and the National team coach Oleg Mikhailov. During an interview, she talked about her coaches. She said,
I train back home (in Jaipur) or in Bengaluru, where my personal coach is, and when I am back with the (Indian) team, I have a good rapport with the coach currently there, Oleg sir. He understands me well and knows what works for me, what doesn’t. He has been working with us for quite some time now (since September 2016). So there’s an understanding with my personal and national team coach. They are aware of each other. So that works out fine for me. They let me be in my space because that’s more important for me to work with a clear mind.”
- Under the 10 m air rifle category, she was selected to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The event was held in 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic
- She practices meditation to improve her focus in the game. She also loves to travel and read books. In an interview, she talked about her love for travelling. She said,
The life of an international athlete can be hectic, but Chandela loves to travel and always makes the time to stop and smell the roses. Rome, the Eternal City, is her favourite destination.”
- She has a keen interest in learning professional wildlife photography. In an interview, she talked about the same. She said,
I had seen images shot by Gagan (Narang) and I really liked them. Somewhere at the back of my mind I always wanted to learn nature/wildlife photography. So, I am doing an online course. I wanted to get better at it but never got time earlier due to shooting.”
- Chandela is a dog lover and has three pet dogs named Gabbar, Shera, and Phantom.
- She loves playing cricket, basketball, and football.
- Apurva is fond of the German language. During an interview, she talked about it. She said,
I also want to learn German after finishing the photography course as a lot of shooting events happen in Germany. German is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide. My uncle speaks very well German so he can also guide me if I falter.”
- Like many other sportspersons, she also has a superstition related to her game. Talking about it in an interview, she said,
We have a rifle stand and I used to put a blue towel in it. The stand had a rubber top so it helped me to slide the rifle and hold it. When I had to bring it out the towel would help it to come out smoothly. I have been doing this for many years and I am a little bit superstitious about it.”
- In an interview, when she was asked how she came back strong after losing a competition. She replied,
Highs and lows are a part of every sportsperson’s journey I believe and there is always something that I learn from a bad match. The step back after a loss itself gives me the drive to push harder and stronger and take a leap in the next match. Passion for the sport is extremely important and the pride of winning for the country.”
- Chandela is a religious person, and she has a deep faith in God.
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- During an interview, while talking about her parents and city people’s reaction to her success, she said,
My family is the reason why I have reached this far. They have been my pillar of strength. They are always encouraging me and they enjoy watching my matches. In fact, 12 of my family members were there to support me in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games. My city, Jaipur, has given me a lot of love, and I’m glad to see so many youngsters take up shooting.”
|↑1||The Times of India|
|↑3, ↑4||ISSF Sports|
|↑5||The Indian Express|