...

...

Search This Website

Loading...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Anisa Sayyed: From Ticket Checker to Shooting Champion

Anisa Sayyed has shot to fame with the gold medal which she won along with Rahi in the shooting event at Commonwealth Games.

It has not been an easy journey for the shooter who hails from Pune. She was employed with the Indian Railways and checked  passenger tickets at Vile Parle station in Mumbai, but despite her pleas railway officials had refused to give her transfer to Delhi after her husband's posting to the national capital.

Determined that she would pursue her passion, Anisa quit the job and left for Delhi. Anisa, who hails from middle-class Muslim family, lived in a small quarter in Pune. It was well over a decade ago that she decided to take up pistol shooting as a professional sport and the medal is a result of her daily toil for almost 12 years.

Micky Aigner reports that how her patience and her coach Ghani Sheikh's able guidance brought the girl to national sporting scene. Anisa won gold at the South Asian Federation Medal in 2004 and has also broken the national record with her score of 585/600 which is better than her commonwealth show 574/600.

Not everybody is born with a silverspoon in the mouth like say Abhinav Bindra [no question of belittling his contribution] whose multi-millionaire father provided him all possible infrastructure and facilities to practise. Rahi Sarnobat and Aneesa Sayyed have battled against all odds, against the system, against unhelpful authorities and then won.

The Indian shooters defeated the Australians 1158-1148 in the 25 m pistol shooting on the second day of Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Rahi Sarnobat is also a small-town girl hailing from Kolhapur. Anisa [her surname has also been spelt as Sayed and Saeed] regrets that all her pleas for transfer fell on deaf years despite all her efforts for two years.

"I am grateful to my husband's company that gave me sponsorship", she tells Ajai Masand in this report. However, she stands vindicated as her former organisation, the Railways, have now announced a reward for her achievement.

Isn't it strange that it's only now that we hear of her after she along with Rahi Sarnobat won the gold. There is no dearth of talent in the country, however, we remain focused mostly on cricket and sports that have glamour attached to them like tennis at the cost of other sports. [Photo: Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed]

Congratulations to the Maharashtra girls, Anisa and Rahi, for their performance that took Indian medal tally up. Such success stories will certainly inspire more and more girls to take up sports and bring laurels to the country.

9 comments:

Kagaz ki kashti said...

Congratulations to Anisa & Rahi!!

Anita said...

Very proud of the girls! Congrats Anisa and Rahi. Shooting is such a privileged sport. To know these girls have struggled through so much and are still motivated enough is inspiring.

Manzoor said...

You always find the right topic. Aneesa has won another gold on Wednesday.

Fayaz said...

Congratulation Anisa you won 2 golds and every body is proud of you.

Stumblednews said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
zain khan said...

جہاں چاہ ہے واہاں راہ ہے-- سیدہ انیس پر فخر ہے کہ اوس نے ھندوستان کو سونے کا تمغہ دیلایا-- زین خان

zain khan said...

has she won 2 gold medels?

indscribe said...

@ Kagaz ki Kashti: Nice to have your comment on the post after a long time :)

@ Anita: And more medals are coming their way...

@ Manzoor: Shukria

@ Fayaz: Ya now it's two. I couldn't update it on the post though.

@ Zain: Yes, she has won another gold medal today.

jay said...

Bhaaagoooooooo. Ek indian aurat key haath mein bandook. abhi bhagwaan hi bachaey.