It is very unusual to think of shuttlecocks and bullets flying in the same arena. Well not really, as Olympic medallist Gagan Narang taught some shooting lessons to an array of badminton stars, including defending Olympic Champion Carolina Marin, who visited the Gun For Glory Academy at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune here.
The badminton stars of the Premier Badminton League team Pune 7 Aces, led by Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin, gave up their racquets and picked up the air rifles & .22 Caliber pistols and aimed for the bull's eye.
It was quite a sight when two legends in their own sports, rifle shooter Gagan Narang who clinched a bronze at the 2012 London Games and Marin the Gold medallist at 2016 Rio Games, bartered notes on their respective sports.
Narang, who has been working on the grassroots levels to carve out future champions, “We were delighted to host 7 Aces Pune, both badminton and shooting as a sport has growth in popularity in recent years and a viable synergy can be achieved in the grassroots level. It was fun to explain the team about shooting as a sport and brilliant chance for our Pune academy students to meet the stalwarts,” added four-time Olympian Narang, who explained the nuances of rifle and pistol shooting to Marin and her team.
The Pune 7 Aces players tried their hand out at the air weapons and .22 caliber weapons. The badminton players also mingled with the students of the Gun For Glory academy in Pune and posed for photographs.
The Gun For Glory Academy, under the aegis of Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation, is nurturing talent at the grassroots level in 16 centers across the country.
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