Wakad resident brings gold medal in international rifle shooting tournament

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Sohini Ganguly, 21 year old 10m air rifle shooter in January this year won several accolades for her outstanding performance. A resident of Crystal Heights in Wakad she shares her interesting journey with Pune Pulse.

In her first international RWS Match held in Germany dortmund she won Individual Gold in senior category after competing with European and Asian countries this year on 17 January 2020.

She started her career in the year 2017 under coach Bibashawn Ganguly from Kolkata and Anton Belak from Slovakia and now training under Heinz Reinkemeier and Gaby Buhlmann from 2019 the same coach Abhinav Bindra got trained.

Sohini belongs to a family who has given many ace rifle shooters to the country. Her grandfather, maternal uncle and mother have also been national level shooters.


  • Team gold in Harihar Baneerjee, district championship, West Bengal (had started shooting just 7 days)
  • 1st State championship – individual bronze medallist, team silver medalist.
  • East Zonal championship by national rifle association (pre-national championship for qualification) – individual silver in junior category, individual bronze in senior category.
  • Kharagpur rifle shooting championship- individual gold medal in senior category.
  • Played 3 National championships , and qualified for trials matches conducted for national squad selection for international matches
  • Played 2 Kumar Surendra Singh memorial championships conducted by national rifle association.
  • Sohini was one of the athletes under project leap after competing with shooters all over India 2018-2019 sponsored by Gagan Narang sports promotion foundation, Olympic gold quest, tyka ,fitbit, lalpath lab, under coach from Slovakia, Anton belak.

To play in Olympics 2024

She says with focus, discipline, concentration, hard-work any impossible thing can be turned into an golden opportunity.

Sohini said I came back to India after my tournament in January last week. A month long practice and the lockdown began in India. Several tournaments have been cancelled and there is no ray of hope for the next few months if athletes would be able to attend national or international level tournaments in current scenario.

Sohini informs, “Currently stadiums are closed so Shadow training at home is continuing. I am eagerly waiting for practice to resume as i dont have range at home.”