Deepender Singh of India can be proud of himself for representing his country at the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympics. Deepender eventually finished 10th in the men’s 10m air pistol event in Tokyo in the SH1 class, but he was hungry for more.
Deepender laments the fact that he had to compete in the Paralympics with borrowed equipment due to a lack of a gun licence. The shooter from Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, is a 2017 para shooting World Cup champion and a 2019 Asian champion, but he still does not have a gun licence. According to the Hindustan newspaper, he has been going around the various departments for more than a year and a half now, with all the necessary paperwork in tow, but has yet to obtain a gun licence.
He has two world shooting para sport world cup medals. His first medal came in the form of a gold medal at the 2017 Para Shooting World Cup in Bangkok. In 2018, he won his second medal at the Para Shooting World Cup in Chateau Roux, France.
Deepender comes from a farming family in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. He was diagnosed with polio at a young age, and as a result of the polio, his right leg was permanently impaired.
He went on to achieve success as a para shooter despite the challenges of coming from a poor family and having a disability.
On the same day as Deepender, Indian shooter Singhraj Adana won bronze in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event at the Paralympics in Tokyo on Tuesday (August 31). Adana finished third in the event with a total score of 216.8 after qualifying for the eight-man final as the sixth best shooter.