Anisa Sayyed

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Anisa Sayyed
XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Anisa Sayed and Sarnobat of India won the gold medal in 25M Pistol Women (Pair) event, at Karnail Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi on October 05, 2010.jpg
Anisa Sayyed (left) and Rahi Sarnobat won the gold medal in 25M Pistol Women (Pair) event, at Karnail Singh Shooting Range, in XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi on October 05, 2010.
Personal information
Born22 September 1980 (1980-09-22) (age 39)
Wai, Maharashtra, India[1]
Height157 cm (5 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight90 kg (198 lb)[1]
Spouse(s)Mubarak Hussain[1]
Event(s)25 meter pistol

Anisa Sayyed (born 22 September 1980) is an Indian female pistol shooter who won two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games.[2] She also won a gold medal at the SAF games in 2006. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won a silver in the 25 m event.[3] Besides, she won a bronze in the 2014's Asian Games and silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the same year.[4] She set a new national record by winning a gold medal in women's 25m air pistol at the National Shooting Championship Competition in 2017.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Originally belonging to Khadki, in the Satara district of Pune, Anisa is the daughter of Abdul Hameed Sayyed and is the youngest of four siblings.[7] Her father who was a former club-level football player, used to work as a clerk at Telco.[8] Anisa developed an interest in shooting while training for the National Cadet Corps (NCC), in college.[7] She was awarded with the title of best NCC shooter in her school life.[9]


Anisa used to work for the Lady Hawabhai School as a primary teacher.[8] She later started working for the Indian Railways as a Ticket-Collector on the busy Mumbai-Pune Railway route at Vile Parle railway station of Maharashtra.[10] She resigned from her job after being repeatedly denied transfer to her home town (Pune).[10]

Anisha's shooting career began in 2002 under the guidance of Gani Sheikh and P.V.Inamdar.[11] Anisa won her first gold medal in the 25m pistol event while pairing with Rahi Sarnobat.[12] She also won the silver medal in the women's 25 metre pistol event of the Commonwealth Games at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre near Glasgow on June 26, 2014.[13] National Coach Sunny Thomas taught her some special techniques before the 2010 commonwealth games.[9]

Anisa won the individual gold medal with a score of 776.5 at the Commonwealth Games itself. She also won the gold medal in SAF games in 2006.[14] In 2014, she won the silver medal for the 25-metre pistol shooting at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Anisa is supported by Anglian Medal Hunt Company.[15] She set out to create a new national record in 2017 at the National Shooting Championship Competition in the 25m pistol shooting category.[5]


She was promised a job after a winning streak at various Shooting championships both in India and abroad but she did not get any job. The state government instead asked her to go back to her sport.[16]

In November 2017, she filed a complaint of harassment against the senior officials at the state sports department where she was employed. She said that her salary was not paid for past two years and neither was her leave for subsequent games duly sanctioned by the authority.[17] Addressed to Haryana's director of sports and youth affairs, she expressed her disagreement with the state which promised to provide her with necessary amenities to continue with her sport along with her job.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Anisa is married to Mubarak Khan and recently in 2017 blessed with baby girl and the couple presently live in Faridabad district of Haryana. Satyabrata Dam is her mind trainer, who helps her constantly feel motivated.[10]

She meditates


  1. ^ a b c d Anisa Sayyed.
  2. ^ Sayyed, Anisa (7 October 2010). "Double delight for Pune shooter Anisa Sayyed". Times of India. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat wins gold, Anisa Sayyed silver". IANS. 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Haryana sports department takes aim at India shooter Anisa Sayyed". 23 November 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Anisa Sayyed wins women's 25m pistol gold with new national record". The Indian Express. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ Vinod, A. (26 December 2017). "Anisa sets new mark". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "teachers class act". The Indian Express. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Anisa climbs her way up to glory from a very humble beginning". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b "It's all the more sweet after overcoming hardships: Anisa". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Anisa Sayyed: From ticket-checker to shooting champion |". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Double delight for Pune shooter Anisa Sayyed - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  12. ^ "CWG 2014: Pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat wins gold, Anisa Sayyed silver". 26 July 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2014: Pistol Shooting - Rahi Sarnobat wins gold, Anisa Sayyed silver". 26 July 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  14. ^ "I am Still Waiting for That Promised Job: Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Anisa Sayyed – NDTV Sports". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  15. ^ Marar, Nandakumar. "Hat-trick for Anisa Sayyed". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  16. ^ "CWG gold medal winner Anisa Sayyed still waiting for promised job". mid-day. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Haryana sports department takes aim at India shooter Anisa Sayyed". 23 November 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  18. ^ Rajput, Pushpendra Singh (25 November 2017). "Commonwealth Games Star Anisa Sayyed alleged harassment by senior officials - Haryana ABTAK". Haryana ABTAK. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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