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Following in her father's footsteps, Rajeshwari Kumari, daughter of OCA acting president, clinched silver in the woman's trap team at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

HANGZHOU, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- India's Rajeshwari Kumari, daughter of OCA acting president Raja Randhir Singh, took the silver medal in the woman's trap team event of the ongoing Asian Games, in front of her father sitting in the stands here on Sunday.

"It's good to have him watch me at the Asian Games," said Kumari, a member of the Indian trio who finished as runners-up in the event. "I'm in some ways motivated by my father."

Raja Randhir Singh, acting president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), started shooting in 1963, and participated in six Olympic Games.

"I am a shooter myself, and my father watched me competing in the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games as he worked for the OCA. This time I watch my daughter competing. This is not only a most special moment for me, but also the inheritance of Asian sports. We will pass on the spirit of sports to the next generation," said Singh.

"It's just a beautiful range, I love shooting and I think there's perfect setting for all the shooters and judges. My daughter is doing very well. She has already won 19 medals in India, so we hope she can get one or two more medals here."

Singh remarked on the impressive sporting venues and facilities in Hangzhou, noting that both the athletes and guests have felt the hospitality of the Chinese people.

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"The Asian Games are beautifully organized, not only shooting. We have about 4,500 officials and 12,000 accredited media this time. The media is double of the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, which shows their strong interest. We're delighted. I think China's done a good job, we have to congratulate the hierarchy, the government," said Singh.

This is Kumari's first Asian Games. Last month, she secured a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics for India after finishing fifth in the 2023 ISSF World Championships women's trap final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"It's a beautiful range and beautiful weather, although I'm a little bit unwell, but other than that, it's fine," said Kumari.

India's team, composed of Kumari, Keer Manisha and Rajak Preeti, took the silver medal with a total of 337 hits, while China clinched gold with 357 hits, setting a world record.

"I train hard every day. My next competition is the Asian championships," said Kumari about her future plans.

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