London Olympic silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar today said that he wants to leave Indian Army as he has not been given a single promotion in last six years despite good performances at the national and international levels.
Unheralded Vijay, who is a subedar with 16 Dogra Regiment, provided the silver lining for India in London Games last week, clinching the second place in the 25m rapid fire pistol event.
“Indian army helped me in shooting by giving me coaching facilities and providing me with pistol and ammunition but I need money for my daily needs,” Vijay told ‘PTI Bhasha’ from London.
“Since 2006 I won many national and international medals that includes 2010 Commonwealth Games’ three gold and one silver medal. But I have not been recommended by my seniors. I have not given any promotion or honorary award or any other kind of facility,” he added.
Six-time national champion, Vijay had won two silver at ISSF’s World Cup. And though he missed out on a medal in rapid fire event at Guangzhou Asiad, he won two bronze in air pistol and center fire pistol. He also won a gold at Doha Asian Games.
“I have been continuously performing well in shooting, but I have not given any reward. I am still a subedar,” complained Vijay.
-via The Economic Times.