In another heartbreaking news from the world of sports, veteran sharpshooter Chandro Tomar, also known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ passed away at the age of 89. Her family had informed a few days back that she was tested positive for COVID-19 and was also facing breathing issues. She was admitted in Meerut hospital where she passed away on Friday.
An inspirational journey
‘Shooter Dadi’, who hailed from Baghpat village in Uttar Pradesh, was regarded as one of the oldest women sharpshooter in the world, having more than 30 national championships in shooting. She broke all the societal myths and became an epitome of inspiration for all the young girls in the country to take up sports. In a conversation with New York Times this year, she had described the reason behind her agility and strength as, “All the household chores I used to do from a young age, like grinding the wheat by hand, milking the cows, cutting the grass, It’s important to stay active. Your body might grow old, but keep your mind sharp.”
Her path-breaking journey, which started in as early as 1960s, was beautifully shown in the movie ‘Saand Ki Aankh’. Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who played her character in the film, stated, “You will be missed so much.” She also expressed her condolences on Twitter after the demise of India’s greatest sharpshooter.
Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her 🙏#ChandroTomar #ShooterDadi
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 30, 2021
Taapsee Pannu, who played the role of her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar in the movie, also penned down an emotional post. While sharing her pictures, she added that ‘Shooter Dadi’ will live on forever in all the girls she gave hope to live.
For the inspiration you will always be…
You will live on forever in all the girls you gave hope to live. My cutest rockstar May the ✌🏼 and peace be with you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4823i5jyeP
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2021