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Gagan Narang teams up with Olympic Gold Quest to mentor young shooters

Olympic medalist Gagan Narang’s Project Leap has teamed up with Olympic Gold Quest to provide young shooters with comprehensive training regime. The aspirants will attend five camps of 12 days each.

other sports Updated: Jul 18, 2017 22:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Gagan Narang,Olympic Gold Quest,OGQ
Gagan Narang won Olympic Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.(PTI)

Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang’s Project Leap has tied up with Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) to provide the top young shooters of the country a comprehensive training regime with emphasis on sport science, nutrition and recovery. The programme will be conducted under the mentorship of foreign coaches and Narang himself.

The shooting aspirants, of whom 12 are in the air rifle category and 11 in air pistol, will attend five camps of 12 days each at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. The unique characteristic of these camps is that for the first time, foreign coaches will educate shooters for a period as long as 60 days.

The 23 shooters that have been selected from across the country were put through rigorous scientific processes before being drafted into the programme and it was this element that attracted OGQ to associating itself with Narang’s pet-project, according to Viren Rasquinha, CEO of OGQ.

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Narang believes that if he had trained under programs of such caliber, he might have brought more laurels for the country.

“I never dreamt of facilities of this stature. If we had been provided the same, we would have been somewhere else. My thought was to give them what we didn’t have, make them even more capable of achieving at the world stage,” Narang told Hindustan Times.

The 34-year old also stressed on the importance of nutrition for shooters, an aspect that will be regulated and monitored by OGQ.

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“We learnt in the selection process that many shooters had food allergies. Parents complained of irregular and neglected dietary patterns. While shooting is not a contact sport, proper diet leads to better brain function, which of course is vital to concentration. And so we will monitor their eating habits from a young age itself,” added the Olympic medalist.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 22:31 IST