Shooter Gagan Narang Threatens to Skip Commonwealth Games

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS): Overlooked for the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's ace shooter Gagan Narang Friday said he was demotivated and was thinking to skip the New Delhi Commonwealth Games this October.

"Well, I am quite disappointed and really don't know if I have the motivation to continue or even shoot at the Commonwealth Games and I have to take a break at the moment. Yes, I need a break to find a little motivation to continue," Narang said.

World No.2 Narang became the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics after he won the bronze in the 10 metre air rifle at the World Championship in Munich last week.

The 27-year-old from Hyderabad returned to the capital early in the morning and was given an impressive welcome.

Narang took a dig at the P.T. Usha-led selection committee saying that the country's highest sporting honour was decided on the basis of public and media perception rather than the athletes' performance.

"I was really down after I was overlooked for the third consecutive time. I had to prove myself at the World Championship. Now I want to know how long should I keep proving myself for the Khel Ratna," Narang said.


Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Naveen Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 06 2010

    Well said Mr. Gladson....

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse


    Fri, Aug 06 2010


    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Gladson, Brahmavar

    Fri, Aug 06 2010

    It is better he pulls out. If he thinks that getting Khel Ratna is more important than representing India and winning medals for India at the CWG, it is better he sits out. Surely he plays for individual honours than for the sake of pride of the country. After all who has he lost the awards in the last three years? Nehwal, Vijendar Singh, Sushil Singha and Mary Kom! Two of them are olympic medalits while Kom has been supreme boxer for long and has almost every world title under her belt.

    Saina Nehwal surely has done more to deserve this award simply because she has risen to world No 2 in a sport in which India have had any prior recognition except for the brilliance of Padukone, Gopichand or Popat. She has broken the stronghold of Chinese, Korean and Indonesians. Narang has after all risen to world No 2 in a sport in which Indian team has been quite strong for long. If he thinnks he is the only one who has missed it, he should take cue from Rahul Dravid, Kumble or even Yassen Merchant or Bhupathi. These guys have been just superb and consistant for more than a decade. Take for example of Dravid and Kumble. They were at the prime when someone like Dhoni was awarded. Perhaps the award should have been given to Team India than won T20 world cup than to Dhoni. But neither Kumble nor Dravid had cribbed over this despite being way ahead of Dhoni as a player and individual. But these are gentlemen who do their best and awards chase them unlike Narang who chases awards.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title: Shooter Gagan Narang Threatens to Skip Commonwealth Games

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.