New Delhi, April 27
Octogenarian shooter Chandro Tomar, nicknamed ‘Shooter Dadi’, has tested positive for Covid-19 and been admitted to a hospital due to difficulty in breathing.
The Twitter page of the 89-year-old legendary shooter, hailing from the Baghpat village in Uttar Pradesh, informed of the development. “Dadi Chandro Tomar has tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to a hospital due to breathing problem. God protect all – Family,” a tweet on her page read.
Chandro was already 60-plus when she picked up the gun for the first time but went on to win many national competitions, even inspiring a Bollywood movie on her.
She is believed to be the oldest woman shooter in the world. She took part in several competitions along with her sister Prakashi Tomar, also one of the oldest female shooters in the world.
Prakashi also featured in the movie inspired by their lives, during which they broke all kinds of stereotypes, including battling patriarchy.
While the men at home objected to their shooting, they were helped by their sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters as they would quietly sneak out of the house to practise the sport in a nearby range. Shooter Dadi won many awards in the senior citizen category, including Stri Shakti Samman presented by the Indian president. — Agencies