It (Sports psychology) has helped me to deal with the demands of shooting and also enabled me to understand myself better. During tough times, it helps you to maintain your calm and composure and view things from a broader perspective -10m air rifle shooter, Anjum told TOI
The delay in the sporting schedule proved to be a disappointment for Anjum, one of our country’s top athletes, as she was among the first few Indians to make the cut for competing in the qualification rounds of the Tokyo Olympics.
The quarantined shooter in Ludhiana states that she bears this cross by operating her background in sports psychology in which she holds a Masters degree, to analyse the volatile circumstances.
Being through the sweat-breaking training and exhausting travel before the lockdown herself, Anjum suggests that this is a good time for everyone to stay home and be with their loved ones.
I have a lot of time to do things which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible due to tournaments and training. I am spending a lot of time painting and have always enjoyed doing so. I am selling my hand-painted diaries to raise money for an NGO which is supporting villages (affected by COVID-19) in Punjab. I hope to raise more money in the coming days through my paintings,” told said the World’s No. 4 in Women’s 10m
Anjum, A Multitasking Jedi
Anjum is an avid artist who spends time working on paintings at and enjoys helping out her mother with the household chores.
In the last few weeks at home, Anjum has completed an online athlete course on anti-doping from WADA,‘In The Zone’ course in sports psychology and is currently doing a course in nutrition. Amidst all the multitasking, Anjum is also taking care of her practice.
“I have a designated place at home where I place the target and shoot from a 10-metre distance. Apart from this temporary arrangement, I make sure to work out twice a day,” Anjum said.
Anjum and her Achievements
A sub-inspector in the Punjab Police, Anjum has been consistent with her performances . In September 2018, Anjum became the first Indian shooter to secure an Olympic quota for India, claimed a silver medal in Women’s 10m air rifle event at ISSF World Championships in South Korea, In May, she secured second place in the women’s ranking and two months later, smashed the world record in women’s 10m air rifle at Masters Meet in New Delhi.
She secured an Olympic Quota Anjum also became the first woman to win an Individual Air Rifle medal at the World Championships in the Senior category last year. The 24-year-old Anjum won silver in women’s 50m rifle event in the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast that year.