“Sports authorities gave up on me”: Mairaj Ahmad Khan writes profound note for industrialist Naveen Jindal after winning Gold medal at World Cup


Mairaj Ahmad Khan on Monday created history by winning the elusive Gold medal in men’s skeet in ISSF World Cup at Changwon. Khan won India’s first-ever Gold medal at the age of 46, making his achievement even more special. In his first reaction since earning the glory, the two-time Olympian shooter said how it was industrialist Naveen Jindal, who continued to support him even when sports authorities gave up on him.

Mairaj Ahmad Khan

Reacting to Khan’s ISSF World Cup glory, Jindal had tweeted, “Elated to know that my friend @MairajKhanOLY has won India’s first-ever individual Gold Medal in skeet at the #ShootingWorldCup. Heartiest congratulations Mairaj, you have made the entire nation🇮🇳 proud.”

Khan too wrote a profound note thanking Jindal for his support, particularly during the Covid pandemic when even sports authorities gave up on him.

“. @MPNaveenJindal has been a great help, especially in these covid times. Our Indian sports auth had given up on me but he had faith in me & helped me out in this odd situation. As all can witness it’s been a Historic Win & First ever GoldMedal for India in Shotgun Skeet Discipline,” Khan wrote on Twitter.

Khan had shot 37 to finish ahead of Korea’s Kim Minsu (36) and Britain’s Ben Llewellin (26) to win the Gold medal. He had won a silver at the 2016 World Cup, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Khan is the only skeet shooter to have participated in two Olympic Games. The shooter from Aligarh had finished ninth in the Rio Games. In Tokyo Games, held last year, he had to contend with 25th position.