New Delhi: India's ace shooter Gagan Narang on Tuesday said that the pressure of performing at the 2012 London Olympics will be greater after being recommended for this year's Rajiv Khel Ratna Award, the country's highest sporting honour.
Narang, who was the first Indian shooter to book a London berth, said the state of the sport has improved in the country with eight shooters having already made the cut for the mega-event
"Earlier, we used to depend on the last Olympics qualifying tournament and now eight of us have already crossed that barrier," said Narang. Beijing Olympics champion Abhinav Bindra (rifle) was the latest to have qualified with the others being Narang (rifle), Hari Om Singh (prone) Ronjan Sodhi (double trap), Sanjeev Rajput (three position) and Vijay Kumar, Annu Raj Singh and Rahi Sarnobat (pistol).
On the added pressure of winning a medal, Narang said: "It does bother me a bit but the pressure is always there. It is satisfying to be recommended finally."...more
10:51 PM, Jul 26, 2011