KHAN Mairaj Ahmad < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 02 Nov 1975 in Khurja, IND
Height1.81 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Khurja, IND
Occupation Athlete
Languages Arabic, English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began shooting in 1998, and first competed in 2003.
Why this sport? A cricket player at university, he was involved in shooting as a hobby. One day he was approached by former national trap coach Timur Matoian, who had seen him shooting at a range in New Delhi, India. "He had been watching me for a few weekends. Finally he came up to me and said that my technique was terrible. However, he offered to help me correct it if I got into shooting seriously."
Club / Team Uttar Pradesh: India
Name of coach Ennio Falco [national], ITA
Training Regime He trains four days a week, firing 250 shots a day.
Handedness Right eye, right hand
General Interest
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan. (followyoursport.com, 20 Oct 2016; sportstarlive.com, 17 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If I miss a target during training I feel more pain because in training you don't have pressure." (hindustantimes.com, 30 Nov 2019)
Other sports He played cricket at national level when he was younger, and captained the U19 Uttar Pradesh team in India. (sportstarlive.com, 17 Oct 2015)
Famous relatives His father competed in shooting at state level in India. (indianexpress.com, 23 Sep 2015)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newindianexpress.com, 19 Nov 2019)
Other information EYES ON TOKYO
After returning from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he wrote 'Tokyo Olympics Gold' on the window of a hut at the range he practises at in New Delhi, India. He had missed out on a place in the final at the 2016 Games, and wanted to remind himself that his ultimate goal was to become Olympic champion. "It was a 15-hour flight back [from Brazil] and I cried the whole time. I cannot go through that phase again. It took me almost two years to get over that. Whenever I shoot, I see the words. They motivate me and remind me of my target. I don't want to be known as just an Olympian, I want to become an Olympic champion." (newindianexpress.com, 19 Nov 2019; sportstar.thehindu.com, 14 Feb 2019)

CRICKETER
He played cricket at national level when he was younger, captaining the U19 Uttar Pradesh team in India. "Because of cricket my reflexes, concentration level, and physical fitness were really good. My coaches didn't have to work much on those areas. I am a shooter but I am still attached to my first love cricket. I still follow cricket." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 28 Apr 2020)