Indian shooter, Jitu Rai got hitched to kickboxer Sushmita Rai, who hails from the Bhasmey village of Sikkim’s Majhitar. The ceremony was held at a private resort in East Sikkim on Sunday. Chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling also graced the occasion.
The veteran marksman was dropped from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) last month. “I will now focus on my training and my target is to earn a berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Union government’s TOP Scheme certainly gives financial impetus to an athlete which in turn helps in improving the scores as the equipment and ammunition are expensive. The Indian army has been backing me since my initial years, which is why I have been able to achieve so much,” Jitu told agencies in a telephonic interview.
Expressing gratitude over the chief minister taking out time to attend his marriage, Jitu said, “The chief minister came here to attend the wedding, this in itself is a gift to me.”
Talking about his project aimed at promoting shooting in the country, he stated, “I want to also open a shooting range to give a boost to the budding marksmen in the remotest of areas.”