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Will an IPL-style shooting league be successful?

September 10, 2013 08:21 IST

Will an IPL-style shooting league be successful?

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Anything succeeds in India when it comes to cricket. But can an IPL-style event help nurture other sports?

Inspired by the success of cricket's Indian Premier League, ace marksman and London Olympic medallist Gagan Narang feels a similar club competition for shooting will popularise the sport in the country.

Will an IPL-style shooting league be successful?


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'We will come out with a league which will be shot gun, rifle and pistol'

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"It's quite a challenging project because the Olympic style of shooting is a little difficult. The challenge is to make it more spectator-friendly. So, we are working on it. Hopefully, we will soon come out with a league in all three formats which will be shot gun, rifle and pistol," Narang said.

He, however, said evolving a shooting league is a challenge as the rules of the game are different for each format.

Will an IPL-style shooting league be successful?


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'Need to create awareness about the whole project for the common man to understand'

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"It is an extensive lay-out. It is not something like cricket where it is played in a certain way. Shooting is very challenging because 10 metre air rifle you have different rules, short gun you have different rules.

"You need to create awareness about the whole project for the common man to understand it. So, it is going to be challenging. But I think it is a brilliant concept because holding a gun and shooting, there is no better high than that.

As kids, we have all handled shot guns. From there on, there is no transition. It stays in the toy box. The idea is to get the transition and bridge the gap between the toy box and the shooting range," he said.

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'Kind of encouragement the government is giving is fantastic'

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Narang said he cannot put a time-frame on when the league could become a reality but hopes to see it happening soon.

The bronze medallist in the 10m air rifle event at the London Games said the shooting scene is improving in the country with many talented young players showing great promise.

"Shooting is picking up quite a bit. There are many shooters coming up. The kind of encouragement the government is giving is fantastic. Definitely, we are much talented in shooting. We see that at my academy, out of 10 people, six are nationally talented for shooting and they hit the target on the first shot. I think we have immense talent and we just need to tap it without any selfish interest and promote the sport," he said.

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'When you have proper infrastructure, proper guidance, proper training, there is no stopping'

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The 30-year-old said the game can become more popular by establishing more academies to train young players and with the support of government, corporate entities and media.

"There are certain ways we are working on. The government support is important. It is an expensive sport. We need a lot of infrastructure requirements for it. The government has done a wonderful job by sanctioning a lot of money and funding for the federation. I think more academies should come up like GopichandAcademy or probably my academy.

"When you have proper infrastructure, proper guidance, proper training, there is no stopping. With the right kind of support and push from media and the corporates, I think it will take us to a new whole level," he said.

Will an IPL-style shooting league be successful?


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