Deepak Kumar is an Indian air rifle shooter and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in the Indian Air Force. In 2021, he represented India in the air rifle shooting event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
DK Arya Deepak Kumar- Facebook aka Deepak Kumar Gujjar Deepak Kumar- Instagram was born on Thursday, 5 November 1987 (age 33 years; as of 2020) in Jagatpur, Delhi. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He did his schooling at the Gurukul Pondha, Dehradun in Uttarakhand in 2008 where he studied teachings in the field of Vedas, Sanskrit, and Yoga. Later, he pursued his graduation in arts at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana. Deepak Kumar- Facebook Results GC 2018
While he was studying at Gurukul in Uttarakhand, he developed an interest in archery. He has also represented Uttarakhand in Archery at the national level. Later, he gave up archery due to an injury. Sports Keeda He then shifted his focus on shooting. He used to practice at the shooting range set up in the backyard of Gurukul. In the beginning, he practiced pistol shooting, but later, he shifted to rifle shooting. The Indian shooter Jaspal Rana motivated him to start shooting professionally.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 12″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
His father, Raj Kumar, works in the Delhi Tourism Department. His mother’s name is Vimal Devi. Deepak has two younger siblings.
After completing his schooling from Gurukul, Dehradun, he joined the Indian Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer, and later, he was ranked as the Air Force Sergeant. In 2017, he performed in his first international shooting competition at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship. In an interview, on winning his first medal, he said,
Everyone keeps thinking about what they will get. I believe in spreading whatever I have learnt from my days in Gurukul. You eventually get your due. There is not point feeling sad about anything. Life is short. I was trailing also in the qualification. I just thought about his words. He often says ‘you have the potential and you know your limits’. Starting was not good, the middle was worse. So I just tried to stay calm.”
In 2021, he was selected in the Olympic quota to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in 2020. In an interview, he talked about representing India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. He said,
I have secured an Olympic quota for India in the 10m air rifle event. I booked the berth for my country after I clinched bronze at the Asian Championships last year. However, my place in the Indian shooting contingent isn’t confirmed yet. The Olympic team will be decided in a few months. I feel that I have a 99.99 per cent chance of making it to the team since I have produced good results. India has finished number one in all of the shooting World Cups in 2019. So, I am expecting a great result from the Indian shooting contingent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
He has participated in various national and international rifle competitions and has brought many laurels to India. His coach is the Indian shooter Manoj Kumar. Deepak performs in the shooting events AR60, ARMIX, and ARTEAMM.
- 2018: Asian Games Jakarta in the event 10 m air rifle men (AR60) held in Palembang
- 2019: ISSF World Cup in the event 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team (ARMIX) held in Munich
- 2021: ISSF World Cup in the event Air Rifle Team Men (ARTEAMM) held in New Delhi
- 2018: World Cup in the event 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team (ARMIX) held in Guadalajara
- 2019: Asian Championships in the event 10m Air Rifle Men (AR60) held in Doha
- In an interview, he talked about his ambition, memorable moment, his hero, and his influencer. He said,
My ambition is winning Olympic gold and being a good human. My memorable moment is making the final in 10m air rifle at the 2017 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India. My hero is all handicapped athletes. If they can do better, why not me. My influencer is my coach Manoj Kumar. He was a good shooter and now coach.”
- In 2018, his luggage was stolen from his car while he was in Delhi, and in 2020, his car was stolen for which he shared a Facebook post seeking help from the people. In the post, he shared that his car Honda WR-V car top-end model was stolen from the Keshav Puram VIP Park, near Keshavpuram Police Station, Delhi. Deepak Kumar- Facebook
- In 2019, he received a reward of Rs. 75 lakhs from the CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on his achievements in the rifle shooting.
- He is well versed in speaking and writing the Sanskrit language which he learnt in Gurukul, Uttarakhand. In an interview, he said,
I am what I am because of Gurukul. It has taught me the true values of life. My parents sent me away from Delhi because they did not want me to study in a city environment.”
- Deepak regularly practices Yoga to improve his focus in the shooting sport.
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- Deepak loves travelling and reading books in his leisure time.