Being mentally fit is very important during lockdown’: Gagan Narang

NEW DELHI: Having achieved success in a sport which, in his words, is 98 percent mental, Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang on Friday emphasised on the need for a calm and composed mind to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The London Games bronze medal winner spoke on a range of issues while participating in a discussion titled ‘Fitness! A Way of life’ along with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“Shooting is 98 percent mental, 2 percent physical. In this current lockdown scenario, the role of being mentally fit is very important. If you aren’t mentally fit to make decisions it reflects poorly,” Narang said.
One of India’s finest rifle shooters, the 37-year-old added, “Physical and mental fitness complement each other. If you aren’t mentally fit, you don’t get the thought.”
His sport has become tougher over the years, Narang said. “Shooting is a tough sport to play, and it takes a lot of physical and mental fitness to play it.
“Demand of shooting is such nowadays with the kind of competition there is, that you can’t compete at the highest level without being physically fit.”
Rijiju spoke about his ambition to see India become a country with a sporting culture, one where the youngsters are not spending their time on electronic gadgets.
“We have tradition of sports in our country but have unfortunately not become a big sporting nation because sport has not become a culture. We need to draw inspiration from the past.
“Once we have sports culture, we can create excellence. We need to move children away from electronic gadgets. We need to have an active culture. Natural growth of human beings should be allowed to take place at own pace,” Rijiju said.
The minister added that more than 1.6 lakh schools have registered under the Fit India Movement.
The webinar was organised by Fit India and Institute of Company Secretaries in India.

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