Shrugging off a disappointing 2016 Rio Olympics performance, putting it behind you, isn’t exactly an easy task, especially when there is another daunting task at hand – to do well as a host nation in ISSF World Cup starting Friday.
For the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang, this is an opportunity to get back into the groove once again beginning with his prone event.
“Yes it is a good opportunity for me to be back in action again. A lot of shooting is left in me and this is real good opportunity for me to be back. I would like to start with prone event. I think our shooting contingent will do well in this championship. Rio was disappointing and we need to leave that as a past and move ahead,” the 2008 World Cup gold medallist told NewsX after his practice session at Delhi’s Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Former world number one Heena Siddhu feels it is an opportunity for her to experiment and rediscover her touch. “There is no pressure on us this year. There is no Olympics qualification so we can experiment a bit and rediscover our abilities once again. We will do well. As the host nation we just can’t disappoint our fans.”
Jitu Rai, who had won a World Cup gold medal, last year, has a mission to accomplish –win a gold medal in India at the World Cup. “This will be my dream come true. I am very confident to do well. India can hope to bag 4 to 5 medals including one or two gold. We are all raring to go for gold.”