It was a visit down reminiscence lane and a nice sight for any lover of capturing.
London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang felicitated his first guru Niranjan Reddy and the latter honoured worldwide medallists Dhanush Srikanth and Surabhi Bharadwaj on the Gun For Glory Academy in Trimulgherry Village right here on Saturday.
Srikanth gained two gold medals within the current Deaflympics, whereas Bharadwaj gained a silver in her maiden look on the ISSF World Cup.
“This is likely one of the greatest moments of my life for certain. I bear in mind the times after I educated a younger Gagan within the cellar of the Nation Membership in 1997 when town didn’t have a capturing vary. These days, even holding a rifle or a pistol for capturing sport was deemed a privilege. Because of Gagan’s achievements, the entire situation has modified and likewise due to the 2002 Nationwide Video games when the capturing vary was arrange on the Central College campus right here,” Niranjan mentioned on the sidelines of the occasion.
“Truthfully, I by no means thought I might see this present day after I will likely be a part of an occasion the place two gifted shooters Surabhi and Dhanush had been honoured. And to depend the superb success story of Esha Singh (winner of three gold within the current ISSF Junior World Cup), my pleasure is aware of no bounds,” mentioned an emotional Niranjan.
Gagan gently reminded that he had spent near ₹3 crore in putting in digital targets and ammunition apart from imported weapons and rifles on the Gachibowli SATS capturing vary, the place he took 50 per cent of the world for his personal Gun For Glory Academy.
“I’m grateful to the State authorities for giving me this chance,” he added.
“Sure, my goal by means of the Mission Leap, began 5 years in the past, is to supply 10 Olympic medallists within the 2024 Paris Olympics,” he mentioned even because the younger shooters sported a broad smile.
“Truthfully, mentoring Dhanush was an enormous problem when he first got here to my academy in 2016. Being hearing-impaired and never in a position to converse, he ought to have heightened senses on the opposite entrance which ought to assist him pursue his ardour. We needed to be additional affected person with him. Then, I made a decision to have a separate ‘code language’ for him and was glad that it labored,” Gagan defined.
On Surabhi, the champion shooter-cum-coach mentioned that Surabhi gained the identical medal which he had gained in 2003 (Junior World Cup silver) and is an excellent prospect. “Now, the outcomes present due to Mission Leap which is a 100% scholarship programme geared toward offering skilled teaching, high quality gear, and an athlete monitoring system. With Olympic Gold Quest supporting our trigger, I’m certain the outcomes will likely be there within the Paris Video games,” Gagan signed off.
For his or her half, Dhanush’s mom Asha and Surabhi mentioned the most important motivation for them was Gagan himself.
“No matter we’re at this time, is due to his steering,” they mentioned.