Among the many parents who keep dropping in daily at the Commonwealth Games Village, Prakashi Tomar is very special. You may not realise it when you meet this ‘grandmotherly’ 73-year-old from Johri village in Baghpat district (Uttar Pradesh), but she took up shooting as a sport when she was 60 and went on to win district and state honours.Seema Tomar (right) with her mother Prakashi Tomar (left) and a villager.The spunky mother of eight has been the inspiration for her daughter, Seema Tomar, who became the first Indian woman to clinch a shotgun medal (silver in her case) at the ISSF World Cup in Dorset (UK) in June this year.The performance of the world No. 7 in the women’s trap event hasn’t matched up to her billing in the 2010 Games. But Prakashi Tomar was glowing with maternal pride as her daughter took her around the Games Village.Johri (population 12,000) made national headlines when its Rifle Club, set up in 1998 by local marksman Raj Pal Singh, gave the village women a chance to take a shot at shooting.Prakashi was the first to bring home a gold medal, which she lifted at the 10m air pistol event in the veterans group of the national shooting championships in Chennai. That was in 2001. In the same year, sister-in-law Chandro Tomar, then 66, became the star of 67th Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur in Punjab.Seema Tomar did not have to look far for a role model, but it wasn’t easy for Prakashi and Chandro to enter what was entirely a man’s domain in a village where conservative mindsets still prevailed. “Women in our village generally do household work,” Prakashi said. “But seeing our dedication they let us try our hand at shooting.” At this point, the normally reticent Seema chipped in.advertisement”At the village we are treated like royalty and everything is taken care of,” she said, adding that her inspiration was her mother. Seema started shooting in 2001 at a 10m range with a pistol that Rahul Gandhi had donated to the village.She moved on to the air rifle in 2004 – her favourite event in the double trap – and her performance in the sport got her a clerk’s job in the Corps of Signals. “Without the army’s support,” Seema says, “I couldn’t have come this far because shooting is a very expensive sport.”But both Prakashi and Seema have a complaint. “The government has done nothing for us,” they say in unison. “This year, after the shooters won medals (at the ISSF World Cup), they sent us to international camps. Before that we had to even pay for food at training camps.” Seema was also not happy with the sanitary conditions in the Games Village.”The level of hygiene could have been better,” she says. “The toilets in other countries I’ve been to are much cleaner.” Seems like the Games organisers have a lot of cleaning up to do.