Gagan Narang on fifth Olympic appearance: Tokyo will happen or not, only the upcoming competitions will tell

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Published by Ricky Tandon on 30 Aug 2019

Country’s finest practitioners of rifle shooting Gagan Narang put down the viewpoints of a fifth Olympic advent to a “dream”, one that he is persistently working on the road to through training continuously.

For the 36-year-old, bagging a fifth Olympic dock is not beyond the bounds of possibility, however Gagan was modesty personified when talks rotated in the direction of 2020 Tokyo Games.

During an interaction in the national capital, he stated, “I have started training, Tokyo will happen or not, only the upcoming competitions will tell me,” Narang, a bronze-medallist in the 2012 London edition. Next month we have the selection trials and if a miracle happens I will get selected for the Asian Championships. From thereon, we will take a different route altogether. I am working for a miracle to happen.”

He favored to stay practical as far as the Olympics games are concerned.

“There are a few things that I am working on. There are a few competitions lined up over the next few months or so. My participation at the Tokyo Games will depend on the kind of results I have at these events,” he said.

He said guiding ambitious shooters doesn’t come in the way of his personal goals; rather the complete procedure aids him.

“I don’t think that affects my personal shooting. Take for example the case of Ela (Elavenil Valarivan, one of his best trainees) or Shreya (Agarwal), sometimes they shoot 28 and tell me that ‘sir I have shot 28’. Then my challenge is to shoot 29. So it kind of keeps you focussed. I can’t be more happy when kids from the academy shoot better than me. Each day is a learning curve.”

As talks took the direction towards the Indian Olympic Association’s suggestion to shun the 2022 Commonwealth Games for not including shooting in the list, he added that it would be “biased” on other restraints.

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