Staying positive is the mantra: Gagan Narang

HYDERABAD: Shooter Gagan Narang He is one of the few athletes who has represented the country in four successive Olympic Games: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. Obviously, the bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at the London Games with a total of 598 points it was the highest point for the 36-year-old.

Cut to the present, the Hyderabad-based shooter was positive in overcoming the current crisis, but warned that it would take longer than expected for normality to re-establish as several nations are still dealing with large numbers of positive cases.

Gagan, whose Gun for Glory academy established in several cities around the country has produced champions such as world number one Elavenil Valarivan, Esha Singh, etc., said the athletes' positive attitude will help them overcome the crisis.

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Speaking to TOI, Gagan said: “In general, athletes are very positive. It is rare to find an athlete without their share of sadness or defeat. They face numerous challenges and need to find solutions in everyday life. Staying positive is the mantra for any athlete and it will keep them in a good position, ”said Gagan, who won four gold medals each at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2010 in New Delhi.

The winner of the 2011 Padma Shree award, however, estimated that the Coronavirus-induced rest was a setback for athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. For those preparing for the Olympics, the blockade is definitely a setback. But I have spoken with several athletes and my students. They have begun to adapt to the situation. When there are highs, there will also be lows. They have begun to find solutions. Some pursue their hobbies. Until now, due to their busy schedule, they never had time to focus on hobbies. Dhanush Srikanth is painting, which is his hobby. Others have started singing, cooking, etc. Said Gagan, who won two silver medals at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and three bronze medals at the 2006 Doha Asiad.

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However, personally, rest has been a blessing in disguise. I've been Shooting for the past two decades and the hectic schedule kept me away from my parents. My father, Bhimsen Narang, who is a retired chief manager at Air India, and my mother Amarjit Narang, are 75 years old. Fortunately, only a few age-related issues, but I was able to spend time with them. In the last 20 years, this is the longest time I have been home and I have savored homemade food. I am lucky to spend time with them after all these years, said Gagan, who won the Rajiv Khel Ratna award in 2011.

Gagan, who fired a perfect 600/600 in the 10m air rifle event to set a world record during the 2008 World Cup final in Bangkok, said: It would be a mixed feeling for the record of 15 potential Olympic athletes. , which had qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games have now been postponed to 2021. It is a major setback for shooters who have prepared really hard for the Games because they need to prepare again. On the academy front, online sessions keep pupils active. “Every night we have training programs. I also join them ”, he signed.

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