India’s first medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics Games, Gagan Narang, was back in town yesterday. In his endavour to give back to the sport all that it gave him, he intends to start academies in the state and elsewhere in the country.
The 2012 London Olympics seems to have done a lot of good for the country; not only did this Olympics see India win a record medal haul but these victories seem to have opened the doors for improving the sporting conditions in the sub-continent.
Gagan Narang, India’s first medalist at the London Games, has voiced his plans of opening a sporting academy in the city. Having already opened a shooting academy in Pune, Gun for Glory, under the Gagan Narang sports foundation, the ace shooter intends to do the same in Hyderabad.
“I want to give back to the state and the country what the sport has given me. I would want to open academies all over the country,” Narang said.
The bronze medalist went on to add, “I want to start an academy so that no parent would have to sell their land for their kids to be champions.”
The shooter who started off with playing cricket, table tennis, badminton and tennis before he took up shooting, thanked every person responsible for making his dream come true. He believed that more than his victories, it were the games he lost that pushed him to do better and make him what he was today.
In his endeavour to increase the encouragment levels of sports in the country, the shooter suggested that sports be made a subject (and students graded) in schools. Reacting to these suggestions, it was learnt that the government has decided to make sports a compulsory subject in schools from the next academic year.
The 29-year-old shooter, feels that such steps would improve the quality of sport in the country. He believs that there in immense talent present which has to be tapped in the right manner. He also hoped that this year’s Olympics achievements would see India clinch more medals in the 2016 Rio Games and also that he would be able to “change his medal colour in the next Olympics, having burried the ghosts from Beijing”.
Earlier in the day, Narang was given a warm welcome when he arrived in the city. Fans including numerous school kids, thronged the Rajiv Gandhi Airport international airport at Shamshabad. The crowd cheered as the bronze medalist made his entry.
The applauds came late in Gagan’s career, but they sure did come. The shooting hero certainly deserved the hero’s welcome.