Gagan Narang Foundation signs deal with Odisha government

The proposed centre will also have support from the Aditya Birla Group, apart from the Odisha government, in its attempt to take shooting to the next level.

Gagan Narang (second from left) and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (sitting) announcing the launch of a High Performance Centre in Odisha, with the support of Aditya Birla Group, in Bhubaneswar.   -  Special Arrangement

The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) will set up a High-Performance Centre in Bhubaneswar in collaboration with the Odisha government.

The proposed centre will also have support from the Aditya Birla Group, apart from the Odisha government, in its attempt to take shooting to the next level.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the three parties, to scout talent, train and provide exposure at the grassroots level. The centre, with necessary scientific support, will be a model centre for achieving results in the international arena.

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The Foundation, which began in Pune seven years back, has spread to eight States with 16 centres, imparting training to 1,500 shooters every year.

‘’I had to struggle and work my way up. When I look back, I realise that if only I had started early, I could have become a better shooter’’, said Gagan Narang in his speech addressing the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the announcement of the project in Bhubaneswar.