Adriyan Karmakar, a young athlete from Bengal, has fulfilled his father's dream by winning gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) boys shooting competition at the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 on Sunday.
Adriyan's father, Joydeep Karmakar, a former Indian rifle shooter, always dreamed of winning gold. He is famous for his memorable run in the men's 50m rifle-prone event at the London 2012 Olympics. However, he had to return home empty-handed as the shooter made it to the final round but eventually finished fourth. He was just 1.9 points behind bronze medallist Rajmond Debevec of Slovenia. But his son Adriyan Karmakar continued that supremacy and bring home gold that his father failed to do so.
Joydeep Karmakar set up his own Shooting Academy (JSKA) in Bengal. After that, he has dedicated himself towards molding future shooters in 2015. Joydeep mentored Mehuli Ghosh, who won silver medals at the 2018 Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
The 17-year-old boy trained tirelessly under the guidance of his father and was determined to make him proud. To fulfill his father's ultimate passion, Adriyan Karmakar continued to pursue his dream and worked harder than ever before. His dedication and hard work paid off when he beat Rajasthan's Manvendra Singh Shekhawat 16-12 in the final to clinch the top podium at the MP Shooting Academy ranges in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
"My interest in the sport grew somewhat naturally as I have traveled with my father a lot when he was playing in competitions within the country and abroad. The addiction grew gradually and when I was about 12-13 years old and could hold a rifle, I had made up my mind.''Adriyan said.
Adriyan Karmakar, a class XI student, has been creating waves in the national shooting circles in recent times. Last April, he finished with a gold medal in the national selection trials in the 50m rifle-prone event.