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Despite cash crunch 'Deputy Collector' Rahi goes on leave without pay for Tokyo Olympics

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sarnobat, India's first female shooter to win an gold, still has "nightmares" about her financial security despite competing at the highest level for more than a decade.

The 28-year-old pistol shooter from Maharashtra's Kohlapur feels that she should have been financially sound after "all these years of hardwork" but apparently she is not.

The gold got her a total cash reward of Rs 70 lakh (Rs 50 lakh from government and Rs 20 lakh from Ministry) but such are the expenses of a top-level shooter, ended up giving a chunk of that award money to her Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, a former Olympic medallist and world champion from Dorjsuren is now a German citizen.

is supported by Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) and is also employed as a in her state's revenue department, but she has gone without pay from September, 2017, due to her sporting commitments.

"I feel I don't have more than four years left as a professional shooter and after 12 years of competing for India, I still have sleepless nights about my financial situation," the soft spoken Rahi told

She doesn't know for how long she is going to keep paying Dorjsuren out of her own pocket (approximately Rs 50 lakh per year) but remains fully committed to her sport and will not compromise on training one bit ahead of the 2020 Tokyo

"I have taken leave without pay from the Anyway, I have not been paid since September 2017. I thought of going to and talk to my employers but it is very hard to find time as a professional shooter

"We have back-to-back events and if there are no tournaments, we are busy with the training. I do want more sponsors but don't know how to go about the whole thing," said Rahi.

The 25m pistol shooter overcame a to win the gold in Indonesia, her first major victory since She also won a gold back in 2013.

It was only Dorjsuren, who played a major role in getting Rahi's career back on track. The commands a hefty remuneration and if situation doesn't improve, Rahi says she will run out of money to pay her.

"2018 being a busy year, I had to train with Dorjsuren for 10 months. This year too, she will be with me for at least seven months (leading to an estimated annual expense of Rs 35 lakh at the rate of Rs 5 lakh per month).

"I hardly have any money to take care of myself and my retired parents. I hope I find a way to deal with this at the earliest," she added.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:35 IST