Further Personal Information
||Son Nusam Singh Rai
||Hindi, English, Nepali
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up the sport in 1997 in Namchi, India.
|Why this sport?
||He first became interested when he saw a group of young men shooting blindfolded, a traditional and popular type of archery in Namchi, India.
|Name of coach
||Mim Gurung [national]; Purnima Mahato [national], IND
|Coach from which country?
||He trains at the Army Sports Institute [ASI] in Pune, India. He shoots up to 600 arrows a day.
||Tarun (Athlete, 30 Jul 2007)
|Most influential person in career
||Indian archer Limba Ram. (Athlete, 30 Jul 2007)
||In 2008 a shoulder injury threatened to end his career. He made his comeback nearly two years later at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (sports.ndtv.com, 15 Jul 2012)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Play the game in the spirit of the game." (Athlete, 30 Jul 2007)
||His cousin Baichung Bhutia captained India's football team. (olympicgoldquest.in, 22 Jul 2013)
||To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympics.com, 15 Feb 2021)
He intends to retire from archery after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "For me, the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games means I will get older by one year, so it will be a new challenge. With age, the muscle recovery is slow. You can tell age is creeping up on you when your mind wants to work hard but the body won't hold up and tires easily. When the next Games after Tokyo happens, I will be 40 and I don't want to hang around that long and deprive juniors a spot. This is my last chance to make a difference and make up for all the months I've been away from my son." (espn.in, 29 Apr 2020; olympicchannel.com, 24 Apr 2020; mykhel.com, 05 Apr 2020)