Narang to launch shooting academy

Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 18:21 PM IST

New Delhi: With an aim to give the country a
few Olympic medal winners at 2016 Games, ace Indian shooter
Gagan Narang has joined hands with an NGO `Lakshya` to open a
shooting academy -- Gun for Glory -- in Pune.

Narang today unveiled the logo of the academy for Pistol,
Rifle and shotgun training and will launch it later this year
at the Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.

"The time has come where all of us have to contribute
towards taking shooting to greater heights and this is my
small contribution to the effort," Narang said through a
press release.

"Gun for Glory academy, which I`m starting in association
with the help of Pune based Sports NGO Lakshya s being started
with a goal to provide India with more medals during 2016
Olympics and other international tournaments," he added.

The Academy will be administered by Indian shooting
team`s Assistant coach Pawan Singh and international ace
shooter Ronak Pandit will be the consulting Director.

The academy will be situated at the Balewadi complex
shooting range and will have foreign coaches, Sports Injury
Management Team, Physiotherapist, Foreign Armorer, Yoga Guru,
Dietitian, Masseur, Gun testing facility, Equipment control &
Psychologist among others, according to Narang.

"Raising funds for such a mammoth project is a Herculean
task. I am looking for main sponsors, associate sponsors and
different partners. We have taken a big risk. But I am sure
that corporate will come forward and support the noble cause,"
Narang said.

Speaking on the occasion Swastik, spokesperson of Lakshya
said, "We`re thrilled to support Gagan and his team to start
such a novel concept. Supporting creation of a world class
academy like this will surely accelerate the progress of our
sportspersons. One player can get training in this academy for
a full year with the cost of one week of training abroad."

The academy will offer both short term and long term
training programmes ranging from 15 day courses to residential
yearly training.

The distance learning program will involve 100 days
training at Balewadi. The NGO says it will adopt a few top
shooters who will get free training in the academy including
free stay, free traveling and free equipment.

`Lakshya` will also select five players from Maharashtra
state government-run Krida Prabodhini scheme who will be
trained at the academy.