Narang calls for IPL-style shooting league
Posted on: 12:52 PM IST Sep 06, 2013
Hyderabad: Inspired by the success of cricket's Indian Premier League, ace marksman and London Olympic medallist Gagan Narang has favoured a similar club competition for shooting to popularise the sport in the country.
"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 told PTI here.
He, however, said evolving a shooting league is a challenging issue as the rules of the game are different for each format which needs to be popularised among sports-lovers.
"It is an extensive lay-out. It is not something like cricket where it is played in a certain way. Shooting is very challenging because10 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.
Replying to a query, Narang said he cannot put a time-frame on when the league could become a reality but hoped to see that happening soon.