Heena Sidhu confident of good showing in Munich World Cup

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Heena Sidhu confident of good showing in Munich World Cup

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Ace Indan shooter Heena Sidhu has stated that she will give her all at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, which starts on Wednesday, and will try to win the Gold medal. The Commonwealth Games Gold medalist also added that she has been working hard in improving all aspects keeping Tokyo 2020 in mind.

It took almost eight years for Sidhu to win an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games as she finished as the champion in the 25 m event at the Gold Coast Games last month. Despite losing to compatriot Manu Bhaker in the 10m Air Pistol event, the 28-year-old girl came back strongly to win gold in the 25m Pistol event and then followed it up with a gold at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover (ISCH) ahead of the ISSF Munich World Cup. Given she has form and momentum on her side, the girl from Ludhiana is now willing to do an encore at the ISSF World Cup.

"The World Cup in Munich is extremely important to figure where I stand before going into the first Olympic qualifiers that will start from the World Championship in September. We have experience of two Olympic cycles and we are using it to improve our preparations. The CWG, these World Cups are very important to checkpoints on our way to the Olympics. These competitions will show the true effects of our training and based on my results we can amend our preparations," Sidhu was quoted as saying by BCCI.

"I and my team have been working hard in improving all aspects of my game keeping the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in mind. I am in sound technical physical and mental state and my equipment is in top notch condition as well. I love competing in Munich and look forward to the competition."

Sidhu was one of the few pistol shooters in the country, who practice in her own individual facility and has been coached by her husband Ronak Pandit, who had won the gold medal in the Men's 25m Standard Pistol (Pairs) with Samaresh Jung at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. 

On being asked about Pandit’s coaching methodology, Sindhu said, "We are focusing on physical conditioning and body stability. There are some good balancing equipment here so we are making use of it. Technically, we are working more on match readiness and on our refocus strategies because there can always be a silly mistake by you in a match or someone else doing something that disturbs you, but you need to recover quickly. So we are working on our refocus strategies and bounce back ratios."

In the upcoming Munich World Cup, Sidhu's first event is the 25 m sport pistol qualification precision event on Thursday and then the qualification rapid fire stage will be held on Friday, with the finals slated on the same day. On Sunday, the shooter will contest the 10m air pistol followed by the mixed team category event on Monday.

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