Asian Games bronze gave me confidence I can achieve more: Abhishek Verma
A late bloomer, 31-year-old Verma won his first international medal — a bronze — in 10m air pistol in 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Known as a ‘hobby shooter’ in the initial days of his career, Olympic-bound Abhishek Verma says the bronze medal he won in the 2018 Asian Games gave him the belief that he can achieve much more as a marksman.
A late bloomer, 31-year-old Verma won his first international medal — a bronze — in 10m air pistol in 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. He had a meteoric rise since then, winning gold in the World Cups in Beijing and Rio in 2019 to currently sit as world number one.
“I started shooting in 2015 at the age of 27. People called me hobby shooter. But after the Asian Games medal, I thought I can do something. Now I am going for the Olympics,” he said at a virtual media interaction arranged by the Sports Authority of India.
“Now also people asked me about starting late but I said age does not matter. You can succeed with hard work,” said Verma who will be a part of the 15-member Olympic-bound team to train in Croatia.