Meet Apurvi Singh Chandela: Indian Olympic Shooting Player

1 year ago / by Team SEEMA
Apurvi Chandela
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Apurvi Chandela Biography

Apurvi Chandela is a champion competitive Indian shooting player in the 10m air rifle competition. Born into a family of sports enthusiasts, Apurvi Singh Chandela seemed almost destined for a life in some field of sports. Apurvi Chandela age was young when she became inspired to pursue shooting. Her original plan while in school was to become a sports journalist, but, after watching Abhinav Bindra, an Indian female shooter, win a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, she restrained her sights. 

When starting out her training, she had to travel three-quarters of an hour from home to a local shooting range, until the day her parents and uncle set up a shooting range in their basement. 

Throughout all this, she managed to maintain focus on her studies as well and graduated Delhi University in Sociology with honors.

She began her professional training under Indian shooter Rakesh Manpat. She started her professional training in shooting air rifle, in particular, under Stanislav Lapidus and Oleg Mikhailov, the latter being the National Team coach. 

After a bronze medal win in the state championships, she moved on to a decent performance on the junior national circuit before finally breaking through to the senior national level. 

Among her latest accomplishments, Chandela was invited to represent her country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held a year later, in 2021, due to the COVID pandemic. 

Apurvi Chandela news frequently points out that she’s part of the famous Chandela Rajput family, part of the Rajput clan of India that once ruled several North India kingdoms and possessed several feudal estates. 

Ask Apurvi Chandela about her personal loves outside of shooting, and she’ll say they include meditation, reading and traveling. She’s also a dog lover, with three of her own. Other sports she enjoys playing include cricket, football and basketball. Ask Apurvi Chandela about her dreams outside of her career, and she’ll say she desires to learn professional wildlife photography and the German language.

Apurvi Chandela
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Awards and Medals Apurvi Singh Chandela Has Won

In 2014, Apurvi Singh Chandela took home her first international championship at the Intershoot Championships in the Netherlands; there, she won four medals in total, two each in Team and Individual events. The same year, she also received a personal Letter of Appreciation from former Indian President Dr. Pranab Mukherfee. In 2019, Chandela won the world record in 10m air rifle shooting on her home soil with a score of 252.9.

Lists of her many medal wins follow. 

Gold medals:

  • 2012 Indian Senior National Shooting Championship in New Delhi
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • 2015 World Cup Final
  • 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi
  • 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich
  • 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Silver medals:

  • 2015 ISSF World Cup in Munich
  • 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich
  • 2019 ISSF World Cup Final in Putian

Bronze medals:

  • 2015 ISSF World Cup in Changwon
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast


Who is she married to?

As of this March 2022 writing, Apurvi Singh Chandela is unmarried.

Where was she born?

Apurvi Singh Chandela was born January 4, 1993 in Jaipur, Rajasthan to father Kuldeep Singh Chandela, a hotelier, and mother Bindu Rathore, a retired basketball player. This would make Apurvi Chandela age presently, in 2022, 29 years old. She also has a sister, Tejasvi Chandela, who works as a pastry chef.

How many hours does Apurvi Chandela train?

Apurvi Singh Chandela trains for three to four hours a day ahead of any competition. 

When did Apurvi Chandela start her career?

She began training in shooting while in class 11 at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

What is her net worth?

Apurvi Chandela’s net worth is not known.