MUMBAI: Shooter Chandro Tomar, also known as ‘Shooter Dadi’, died of COVID-19 at the age of 89.
She had tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted to a Meerut hospital on April 26 after complaining of breathing problems.
The news was announced on the 89-year-old legendary shooter’s Twitter page, which hails from Baghpat village in Uttar Pradesh.
दादी चंद्रो तोमर कोरोना पॉज़िटिव हैं और साँस की परेशानी के चलते हॉस्पिटल में भर्ती हैं । ईश्वर सबकी रक्षा करे – परिवार
— Dadi Chandro Tomar (@realshooterdadi) April 26, 2021
Her sister, a fellow shooter who joined her late in the sport, shared her grief on Twitter and wrote: “Mera saath chhoot gaya, Chandro kahan chali gayi (I lost my partner, where did Chandro go).”
Her death has been mourned by people from all walks of life, from Union ministers to film actors.
Devastated by the news of Chandro Dadi’s demise. Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her 🙏#ChandroTomar #ShooterDadi
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) April 30, 2021
An epitome of gender equality & champion of women’s rights Smt Chandro Tomar, known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ by her fans & admirers is no more.
The courage with which she challenged patriarchy & took up shooting as a sport will inspire generations to come.
Condolences to her family. pic.twitter.com/mhvOaGjAZI
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 30, 2021
Never met #ShooterDadi but could feel the warmth in her tweets whenever we interacted. Deeply saddened to learn of her passing, my heartfelt condolences to the family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2021
For the inspiration you will always be…
You will live on forever in all the girls you gave hope to live. My cutest rockstar May the ✌🏼 and peace be with you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4823i5jyeP
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2021
Chandro was well into her 60s when she first picked up a pistol, but she went on to win numerous national competitions, even inspiring a Bollywood film based on her life, ‘Saand ki Aankh’.
She is said to be the world’s oldest woman sharpshooter.
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