The oldest shooter in India’s 15-member staff for Tokyo Olympics, high shotgun marksman Mairaj Ahmad Khan says he’s drawing inspiration from tennis legend Roger Federer to shine on the upcoming sporting showpiece.
The Tokyo Games, scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, would be the 45-year-old Mairaj’s second look on the Olympics.
“When I see him on the court docket and when individuals say he’s getting previous, I say ‘no. I suppose he’s the G.O.A.T. (best of all time). Whenever I see him, it offers me goose bumps,” Mairaj, who’s ranked tenth on the earth in his occasion, mentioned in a video posted by Sports Authority of India (SAI).
“I actually need to be like him; he’s my idol,” Mairaj mentioned of the 39-year-old tennis nice, who has gained an unprecedented 20 Grand Slams in an illustrious profession.
“I at all times watch his (Federer’s) video games. I at all times examine him. It offers me immense pleasure…how he’s nonetheless dealing with that sort of stress, with so many (good) gamers in tennis now.
“So, right here I am, all of 45 and I have teammates who’re 23 or 24 years previous. And I am drawing inspiration from Federer,” mentioned Mairaj.
India is anticipating medals from taking pictures in Tokyo following the shooters’ dominant run in recent times.
“The 100-day mark is up, so I am right here to congratulate all of the Olympians and all the long run Olympians who’re going to signify Indian on the Olympics.
“I want to inform them to provide their finest and convey medals house. And I will do the identical: give my 100 per cent and, hopefully, we’ll win medals this time.
“It is not going to be a Rio repeat. We have a superb staff and all of the shooters are among the many finest on the earth,” Mairaj mentioned.
India did not win a single medal on the Rio Games in 2016.