A boy who used to spend major time of day playing PUBG, who would have thought he would make his way to Olympics one day. The clear example of using talent in the correct direction is what this boy from Jaipur has proved.
In 2017, when Divyansh who was 14 years old back then was set to the Karni Singh shooting range in Delhi by his father Ashok Panwar. He was made to train under the coach Deepak Kumar Dubey. But that time it was a father’s effort of making his son stay away from the virtual world of PUBG.
But little did he knew that at the Beijing Rifle and Pistol World Cup, the 16-year-old boy now will not need the weapons used in the PUBG, as he won big by using his standard Walther weapon. It was good enough to fetch him the silver medal behind Chinese Hui Zicheng and that even got him a spot in the 10m air rifle for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The teenage rifleman shot a 629.2 in qualification and had a 10.9 on the third-last shot of the final where he finished with 249.
His father Ashok told “We used to scold him for playing online games and ironically, we saw his final in Beijing online. Like most teenagers, he wasted time playing PUBG rather than focussing on his training or studies and I would often scold him. But I tell you, after winning the medal today, he would have played a round of PUBG.”
The teenage boy also admitted how his priorities have changed. He said Like any youngster, I used to really enjoy playing PUBG, now I love shooting and that’s what I do again and again,” he said. “To win a medal for India has always been my dream and I am happy to have done that today also. Being the youngest in the final round did not mean extra pressure on me.”
Divyansh took up shooting along with his older sister Anjali in 2014. The siblings accompanied their father to the government JDS Shooting Range under Coach Kuldeep Sharma.
Since 2017, Divyansh has won the junior and youth titles in the nationals apart from winning a silver medal in the Asia Junior Championships in Kuwait in 2018 and gold at the Asian Shooting Championships in Taoyuan, China this month in the senior category. Coach Dubey recalled Panwar’s journey from a mischievous kid to a matured youngster.
The boy finds Abhinav Bindra as his inspiration and looks up to him. He also wishes to meet him in the future.