Internet Desk: Despite the fact that he is more currently involved as a mentor, however the goal for star shooter Gagan Narang is to achieve another international glory, and according to him there is “no doubt” about it as Narang is willing to give another shot at the Olympics.
The Olympic bronze medalist is slowly gaining his form back after a gap of one year which he spent after the London Olympics.
“Shooting is my No.1 priority, I love to be around the sport whether it is through mentoring, coaching or whether in terms of my shooting… Right now my own shooting is my number one priority,” Narang said during an interview at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.
The marksman, who has completed two decades in the sport, added, “I will continue to do it as long as I enjoy doing it. Nobody is in the team because they are shooting for 20 years. You are in the team because you are the best.”
The 34-year-old, along with a full-fledged Indian shooting squad, will be leaving for Gold Coast, Australia, on Friday, to compete in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, a test event for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
“… And if there is someone else better than me then why not. As long as I am enjoying my sport, shooting well, as long as I am able to win medals for the country I will continue to shoot.
“Age is just a number. Every day is a new day and of course as you progress, there are different kind of challenges. Definitely it’s important to have a good amount of drive and motivation, which I have. I am just going to go all out.”
Summing up his journey so far, he said sometimes it’s hard to remain motivated after winning so many times across the world.
“It’s been good, I have won every medal that was there at every level, sometimes finding motivation after winning so many medals is tough, but the Rio (Olympics) performances are also on the back of my mind and that is motivating .. I am giving it all I have got.”
“You need to have long-term vision somewhere. I am taking it one competition at a time because you are as good as your last competition. I am taking it one step at a time towards a bigger goal.”
If he makes it to the Tokyo 2020, it will be Narang’s fourth Olympic appearances.