Yashaswini Singh Deswal: Shooters whose next target is Tokyo


Yashaswini Singh Deswal won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the 2019 ISSAF World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is now eyeing the Tokyo Olympics to be held in 2021.

Former Junior World Champion Deswal has proved his talent in India and around the world and everyone is familiar with his success.

His top performance at the ISSAF World Championships in 2019 earned him a ticket to Tokyo.

Early inspiration
His interest in shooting for Deswal arose because of his father SS Deswal. His father is a senior officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

He took them to see the shooting competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

After this, Yashaswini started the practice of shooting under the leadership of international shooter and former police officer TS Dhillon. His family played an important role in this shooting journey and built a shooting range for him.

Yashaswini stepped up in the beginning and won three gold medals in various events in the 58th National Shooting Competition held in 2014.

After this, she never looked back and won national and international competitions. During this time he also won the Junior World Championship in 2017.

Upcoming challenges
Yashaswini Deswal received huge support from her family and due to this her training and logistics needs were met. She says that Indian shooters continue to struggle with the acute shortage of equipment and training infrastructure.

It was also a big challenge for Yashaswini to balance between her sports and studies. They had to find different time for their practice, studies and examinations.

She says that she often kept her books with her in many competitions. She says that it was very challenging not only for her but also for her family members as they too had to accompany them in various competitions at home and abroad.

At the shooting range, Deswal continues to show his superior performance. In 2017 she won a gold medal at the ISSAF Junior World Championships in Germany, equaling the world record, after which she immediately came into the discussion.

However, winning the gold medal at the 2019 ISSAF World Championships in Brazil is his biggest moment so far. Due to this, he made a place in the 10-meter air pistol event of Tokyo Olympics.

Dreams to fulfill
Yashaswini believes that if women are supported, they can do a lot.

They say that in a country like India, women do not get the necessary family support. She says that in order to motivate more and more women to get into sports, the mindset of the people has to be changed.

Yashaswini also says that the country needs such a basic infrastructure of sports that gives more encouragement to women players and that too especially in the initial stages.