Project Leap joins hands with CSS, identifies 12 young rifle shooters for intensive training
Chennai, November 16: Gagan Narang’s affirmative initiative ‘Project Leap’ has taken another step towards grooming shooting champions for India by joining hands with Centre for Sports Science (CSS) to give intensive coaching and training to the 12 prodigious young rifle shooters who had been earlier selected from different parts of the country.
The camp forthe selectees began at the Sri Ramachandra University here on Thursday and ispart of his holistic plan to modernize coaching and shooting techniques withinthe country.
“CSS is one ofthe most advanced sport science and sports medicine support centre in thecountry. They have the aptitude and resources to offer the most modernfacilities & infrastructure to our youngsters and this was a logicalpartnership,” Gagan, a Khel Ratna and an Olympic medallist, said.
GNSPF hopes tocreate a path-breaking system along with CSS to train India’s talented athletesand mould them into world-class champions. Slovakian Coach Anton Belak, who wasinstrumental in helping Slovakia get their first shooting medal in 1996, willcontinue to work with these 12 young shooters who are also going to be part ofthe upcoming national championship.
“We havealways sought to nurture talent and Gagan’s Project Leap was the rightprogramme for us to get associated and we are more than delighted to associatewith the foundation,” Prof. Arumugam S, the Director of CSS said. “We havedevised special sports science programme for the 12 shooters, keeping inconsideration their individual strengths and weaknesses as well.
GNSPF hasalready started showing results, with shooters like Pooja Ghatkar, ApurviChandela, Heena Sidhu, Rahi Sarnobat and Rubina Francis from his stable makingtheir mark at the international level and Project Leap is showing results withshooters like Swaroop Unhalkar, Anushka Patil and Mahima Turhi Agarwal alreadyrepresenting India.