More pressure for London medal after Khel Ratna
New Delhi: Ace shooter Gagan Narang is not bothered by the weight of expectations but admitted that the pressure of winning a medal in 2012 London Olympics could be greater after being named for the Rajiv Khel Ratna Award, the country's highest sporting honour.
"It's an honour and it will motivate me to do better in the upcoming tournaments, including the Olympics, but the pressure could be more. That is inevitable," Narang said on Tuesday.
Narang missed out on a medal three years ago in Beijing Olympics and it still hurts him, but he is not unduly worried.
"I am not bothered. Every Olympic is a huge task, but I am better experienced right now," he said.
"For any big athlete pressure is inevitable, but the support we got in CWG has made us hand handle pressure better," he added.
The standard of Indian shooting has improved by leaps and bounds in the past few years and Narang said gone are the days when shooters would have to wait for the last competition to qualify for the Olympics.
"Earlier we use to wait till the last event to qualify, but now already eight shooters have qualified," he said.
Narang, whose foundation 'Gun for Glory', is hosting the biggest ever prize-money shooting tournament in India next month, said he was doing his bit by helping young marksmen in his academy.
Asked about the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) which is supporting him, Narang said, "It is very focussed towards helping India win as many medals as possible in the London Games."