‘Making it to Tokyo would be a miracle’

The unassuming Gagan Narang on Wednesday put down the prospects of a fifth Olympic appearance to a ‘miracle’, one that he is relentlessly ‘working towards’ by training on and off the range.
‘Making it to Tokyo would be a miracle’

New Delhi

For one of India’s finest practitioners of rifle shooting, securing a fifth Olympic berth is not beyond the bounds of possibility. But the 36-year-old was modesty personified when discussions turned to the 2020 Tokyo Games. “I have started training. Only the upcoming competitions will tell whether Tokyo will happen or not,” Narang, a bronze medallist in the 2012 London edition, said.

“Next month, we have the selection trials. If a miracle happens, I will get selected for the Asian Championships. From thereon, we will take a different route altogether. I am working for a miracle to happen,” he added. Narang preferred to remain practical as far as another shot at the Olympics is concerned.

“There are a few things that I am working on. There are some competitions lined up over the next few months or so. My participation at the Tokyo Games will depend on the kind of results I have at these events.”

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