Gagan Narang arms Yemeni braveheart mother to chase her shooting dreams

Amal Mudhsh came from war-torn Yemen to New Delhi to participate in the ISSF World Cup without a rifle or shooting gear. She’ll be leaving with a lot more.

By Utathya Nag
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Yemeni shooter Amal Mudhsh may have finished last in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, but the mother of two will be returning home with something far more precious than a medal – a lifeline to fire her dreams.

Leading her list of new-found admirers and well-wishers is London 2012 bronze medallist Gagan Narang.

Amal Mudhsh landed in New Delhi with no rifle or shooting gear. Coming from a country ravaged by years of war, she couldn’t afford any. But Amal had in plenty the will to compete no matter the odds.

A request to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) – the organisers of the event, saw her get a rifle on loan from Gagan Narang’s Gun For Glory academy.

"When NRAI asked us to lend a rifle to Amal for a match, we didn’t even ask them about anything and gave her a rifle to play. But later we got to know about her situation and saw her dedication at the range," Gagan Narang told Times of India.

The Qatar Shooting Association arranged a shooting jacket and trousers for her while the Yemen Olympics Committee opted to bear her travelling and boarding costs for the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.

Moved by Yemeni braveheart’s unrelenting resolve to realise her dreams amid adversity, Gagan Narang has decided to extend a helping hand.

“We spoke to people at Walther about her and they were ready to give a rifle to Amal. We also spoke to Capapie for her jacket and trousers and they were also happy to come on board,” the London 2012 medallist informed.

Walther is a renowned German weapon company, whose guns are used by top shooters from around the world. Capapie, meanwhile, is a sports goods and equipment manufacturer based in Thane, Maharashtra.

Amal Mudhsh will receive her very own Walther rifle and a shooting jacket and trousers from Capapie soon.

Additionally, Narang, who runs India’s premier Guns For Glory Academy with Pawan Singh, promised Amal to help her with training.

Coaches from the Gun For Glory will help her with online classes and she’ll be welcome to take offline classes at the academy whenever she’s able to come to India.

“I am so happy that my feelings cannot be described in words. I am overwhelmed. God willing, the day will come when I can thank Gagan and Pawan from the podium, when I get a medal in the future,” an emotional Amal said.

Amal Mudhsh, 35, works as a researcher and has a master’s degree in social sciences. She also aspires to pursue a PhD alongside her shooting dreams.

“My dream is to become a world champion, to participate in the Olympics and also obtain a doctorate in social sciences. I hope that the war in Yemen will end and peace will prevail in all countries.

“If I do not have the luck to fulfil my dreams, then I will work towards making my children world champions in shooting," she declared.

Amal is a mother of two – a girl and baby boy. She left her elder daughter back home but had to bring her nine-month-old boy Amir with her to New Delhi.