Current shooters are thinking of medals: Gagan Narang

NEW DELHI: Five years after the unmitigated disaster in Rio de Janeiro, Olympic medallist Gagan Narang feels the “strong” group of Indian shooters are primed for success in the Tokyo Games, provided they are able to remain focussed.
A bit of luck could play a part too, according to the ace rifleman-turnedmentor, who has been there and done that, the most remarkable of which was his bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
“In our time, in our early days, we would first think about making the finals, then playing in the next Games, but this squad is thinking of winning medals. This is a strong team and I am very hopeful of a good outing from our shooters,” Narang told PTI during a chat.
“Most of them have gained a fair amount of experience having participated and won at various levels including the ISSF World
Cups,” he added while mentioning about the change in mindset of the current shooters.
The multiple ISSF World Cup gold-medallist emphasised on focus and said the reality is that the Olympics is the toughest challenge in an athlete’s career and one has to face it.
Through regular video calls and messages, Narang imparted training tips to his most successful protege, Elavenil Valarivan, before her maiden appearance at the Olympics.

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