Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:26:27 GMT | By ANI

Olympic medal winner Gagan Narang wants to revive sport in Hyderabad

New Delhi: Having won a bronze medal at the London Olympics, shooter Gagan Narang on Thursday said that he now wants to focus on reviving 'dying sports' in his home city of Hyderabad.

Olympic medal winner Gagan Narang wants to revive sport in Hyderabad (© Reuters)

Narang said he would like to nurture young talent by starting a sports academy in the state with the support of the government. "I would like to nurture talent in the state by opening sports academies and centres of excellence with the help of government, with the support of rifle association of AP (Andhra Pradesh). The media support is important."

"Secondly, the right kind of support from government is necessary at the right point of time. Sports in Hyderabad is dying. I don''t see many youngsters taking interest in sport," Narang said while interacting with reporters in Hyderabad.

"There was no maintenance, no upgradation of shooting facilities at the shooting ranges (in Hyderabad) since 2002 when the range was constructed until now. I hope I will be able to give a shot in the arm especially to shooting sport facilities in AP and produce champions for the country. Government, corporate and media needs to be a part of this endeavour," he said.

Responding to Narang''s proposal to nurture young talent, top state government officials said his plans would be processed with due seriousness and positive consideration after they are received formally. Gagan, who won bronze medal in 10m air rifle event, also met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Sports Minister V Vasant Kumar on Monday.

He later attended a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi.

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