There will be an 11-day shooting camp at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College campus from November 16 as part of ace shooter Gagan Narang’s Project Leap. The camp will be conducted by Slovakian rifle coach Anton Belak.
Belak, along with Korean pistol coach Seon-il Kim, had sessions with these shooters at an earlier camp which was held in Pune. Belak was instrumental in giving Slovakia its maiden Olympic medal when he coached shooter Jozef Gonci to a bronze in the 50m rifle prone event at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
“The endeavour is to have the best possible facilities for the shooters and groom them to be world beaters,” Gagan told TOI.
Project Leap, an ambitious plan of the Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF), is training young and talented shooters from different parts of the country.
“We have a set of 23 shooters — 12 in rifle and 11 in pistol — who are in the age-group of 12-20,” Gagan said.
The list has 11 girls and 12 boys. Gagan felt the facilities at SRMC were of the highest quality. “Be it the shooting range or the corresponding amenities at the institute — the shooters will definitely benefit from it. The Centre of Sports Science (CSS) at SRMC has everything that a shooter needs under one roof,” the 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist said.
Gagan to have an academy at SRMC?
It has been learnt that Gagan is in talks with SRMC to collaborate on a shooting academy in the coming months. “I would not be able to comment on this development. Yes, we have had discussions in this regard but beyond that I really can’t divulge more,” Gagan said.