Sonu Sood gifts rifle to struggling Jharkhand shooter

Sonu Sood has been in the limelight for his philanthropic work since the COVID-19 crisis and recently, he helped a Dhanbad-based struggling shooter Konica Layak buy an imported German rifle.

Sood and his charity organisation-The Sood Foundation-helped the athlete when she appealed on Twitter by tagging Sonu Sood and various ministers and government officials that she needed a riffle.

She wrote, “In the 11th Jharkhand State Rifle Shooting Championship, I won a silver and a gold medal. However, the government has not helped me at all. Please help me with one rifle.” 

“I cannot have my rifle as it costs nearly Rs 3 lakh. I had to depend on my coach rifle or my friend. I had arranged Rs 80,000 from my friends and taken Rs 1 lakh as a loan for the rifle and fortunately, Sonu Sood Foundation arranged the remaining funds for the rifle and I have already placed the order. Germany made rifle would be reaching me in two and half months,” Konica told the telegraph.

Konika also mentioned that she had been earlier relying on the borrowed rifle from her coach and friends, despite being qualified for national twice. 

Sood responded to her appeal in March and assured her that she will get her rifle soon. 

On June 26, when the rifle finally reached Konika, she thanked Sood and wrote on Twitter, “Sir, my rifle is here. “A wave of happiness has spread in my family and the whole village is blessing you,” she added.”  

Responding to her tweet, Sood wrote: “India’s gold medal in the Olympics is confirmed. We just need prayers now.”

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