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Rathore hints at retirement and taking up mentorship role
Indian ace shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore, after his gold medal winning performance post completion of the double trap event in the ongoing National Shooting at Karnail Singh Shooting range, New Delhi, on December 25, told reporters, including this citizen journalist, that he is re-thinking being a competitive shooter, and might shift gear soon to move into mentoring upcoming talent in India.

“THE AREA of satisfaction has changed for me. I am at a big crossroad in my life. I have not talked to my family and friends so I am not going to say this is my last competition. I can't say that today. But, it will soon be,” said Rajyavardhan Rathore. Irrespective of when the expert double trap shooter decides to hang his boots, Rathore has indicated his keeness to give back to the game of sport, which has brought him success along with international fame.

The gold medalist also said, “When I was shooting (during the finals), I was thinking what am I doing here. I should be sitting behind, may be bucking up these guys who are shooting.” If Rathore does don the role of a mentor-trainer, the budding talent in India will get a chance to get training from him - especially when the shooter believes that many youngsters are taking up the sport in large numbers. Explaining his hesitancy to participate in competitive shooting, Rathore said, "I don't feel excited about my next event. But, I get excited about doing something for others.”

If and when Rajyavardhan Rathore takes up coaching, youngsters will benefit from his huge experience of shooting at the international level. He has a rich haul of gold medals, which includes 3 golds at the Commonwealth Games, 4 golds at the Asian Clay Target championship, along with his silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, which many consider to be the icing on his career. These are just few of his accomplishments in his glittering career. It was only after Rathore won the Olympic medal that the sport has really grown in the country. So, if he decides to help the youngsters in the circuit, the popularity of the sports is only going to see an upward climb.

Rathore was a disappointed person when he missed the London Olympic berth, so is it fair for people to say that Rathore is not looking up to 2016 Olympics, to which he replied, “I don't want to say that right now. But somewhere perhaps something is going to happen. If I can do something, which satisfies me more than an Olympic medal, then I will do that.” Considering that he is re-assessing his future in the sport, we might not witness Rathore competing in the 2016 Olympics. In fact, there are more chances that he might be involved as a coach or advisor.

To this citizen journalist , it appears, from the nature of his comments following the completion of the event he was particiapting that Rathore might take a decision whether to continue or retire a player in 2013 itself.  Rathore has not made a categorical statement to this effect - but the fact that he is willing to talk about what's going on in his mind regarding his playing committment in the future, indicates that he will soon make a decision regarding his future. “I feel something worthwhile can be done in this country in our life span. So, the idea is to make life worth the time spent on this planet," said Rathore. It's evident that Rathore is not talking about his past but his future. 

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