There was an unusual sense of calm in B.S. Narang’s body language even as he was glued to the television set watching his son Gagan take the final aim during the 10m Air Rifle event at London.
As Gagan clinched India’s first medal in this edition of the Olympics, you know from where the burly shooter has inherited composure that is so required in a precision event such as shooting.
“If he calls me, I will congratulate him and tell him to do well in the next two events. He still has two more events left on August 3 and 6 (50m Rifle 3-Position & 50m Rifle prone). He should concentrate on those two events,” senior Narang stated in a composed manner as media persons jostled for some sound bytes at their residence here.
Narang senior did admit that they had expected Gagan to bring laurels for the country after he had a disappointing result in Beijing four years ago where he failed to qualify for the final.
“It’s a good achievement. Although we expected gold but this is also very good. It will certainly boost his morale for the remaining two events,” he said.
Gagan’s father admitted that there is always pressure to perform in big ticket events but it is something that comes as a package for professionals.
“In any sphere there is pressure and one needs to live with it. Even parents put pressure on their children.”
The shooter’s mom said that they never put any undue pressure on their famous son.
“When he left for London, we just wished him ‘All the best’ and told him to give his best shot. We have never interfered in his training.”
When a reporter asked as to what she will cook once Gagan is back from London, she answered, “Chole-puri is something he likes.”