Jitu Rai’s inspiring story.

The Logical Indian

October 8th, 2014 / 6:04 PM

Just eight years ago, a teen-aged Jitu Rai was growing paddy, potatoes and corn on his family farm in a tiny village in eastern Nepal. And on Saturday he was standing on top of the podium, receiving India’s first gold medal of the 2014 Asian Games.

As the medal hung from his neck, Rai, who was an image of calm in his pursuit of the 50m air pistol gold, showed first signs of emotion. It was a mixture of relief and joy, and vindication. Rai had given up his country of birth and left his family behind to pursue an Army career in India. This moment of victory seemed to have made his long journey worth it.

Leading the life of a farmer, Rai had little idea that the destiny of a shooting hero awaited him, least of all representing India. Coming from a financially weaker background, Rai’s story is an inspiration for all who want to make it big. He lost his father in 2006, and his mother who is a farmer, single-handedly took care of him and his two siblings. Rai is being looked after by a non-profit organization Olympic Gold Quest which takes care of his needs. He joined the Indian Army`s 11th Gorkha Regiment in 2006 where he was first handed a rifle, but was sent back due to his poor performance in the Mhow trials.

He was called back last year after some impressive performances in the domestic circuit. In his first major international year, he has returned with a medal in every competition he has entered. Since June, he has won gold medals at World Cup, Commonwealth Games and World Championship. Because of this stunning streak, Rai’s reputation is growing on the world shooting circuit. So is his fan-following.


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by :

Related Stories

Gopal Rai Orders 35 Lawmakers

Delhi: Minister Gopal Rai Orders Lawmakers To Clear Over 290 Pending Files Overnight

IAS Kempahonnaiah Story

My Story: “I Played Role Of Involuntary Clown,” An Inspiring Story Of Blind IAS Officer

Thinking Big With Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs In India

Goenchi Mati

Fighting For Our Rights: The Goenchi Mati Movement & Its Inspiring War Against Illegal Mining

From Carrying The Rocket On A Bicycle To Launching 104 Satellites At A Time – ISRO’s Inspiring Journey

Inspiring Stories That Deserve To Be Heard, Honoured

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Going Against The Trend: Instead Of Sanitary Pads, Kerala Municipality To Distribute 5,000 Menstrual Cups For Free

News

Soon You May Not Need Educational Qualification For Obtaining Driving License

Opinion

Opinion: Overzealous Journalists Are Making A Mockery Out Of Bihar Tragedy

News

Pakistan: More Than 650 Children Tested HIV Positive In One District Of Sindh Province

Exclusive

How Bengaluru Residents Abandon ‘Fancy’ Dog Breeds That Once Served As A ‘Status Symbol’

News

Families In The YSR Colony In Vijayawada Keep Their Girls Away From School

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.