Lucknow: Ace shooter Jitu Rai, who brought laurels with a gold medal in recently-concluded Commonwealth Games, on Tuesday said he is not bothered about any state benefits and is only focussed about the country in international events. (Sports Ministry Set to Implement Welfare Schemes for Sportspersons)
A native of Nepal, 'Pistol King' Rai has been living in Lucknow for the past eight years.
"I have won the medal for the country and not for UP. I only play for Indian Army," Rai said.
The shooter, who won gold in 50 metre pistol event at Glasgow, said that there was no trace of nervousness during the finals as he had won at several international tournaments earlier.
He said that his next aim was to win in the World Championship scheduled in Granada, Spain, followed by the Asian Games in South Korea.
Rai's coach Garv Raj Rai said that at present 40 young athletes were learning the nuances of shooting from him. (Also Read: Haryana Government Awards Empty Envelopes to 2014 Commonwealth Games Para-Athletes)
He hoped that a player like Rai's calibre would continue to come forward.
GOC-in-C Central Command Lt Gen Rajan Bakshi felicitated Rai. (Read: Syringes Found in Indian Athletes' 2014 CWG Rooms, No Evidence of Doping)