Being mentally fit is very important during lockdown, says shooter Narang

NEW DELHI: Having achieved success in a sport which, in his words, is 98 percent mental, Olympic bronze-medallist shooter Gagan Narang on Friday emphasised on the need for a calm and composed mind to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The London Games bronze medal winner spoke on a range of issues while participating in a discussion titled ‘Fitness! A Way of life’ along with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

“Shooting is 98 percent mental, 2 percent physical. In this current lockdown scenario, the role of being mentally fit is very important. If you aren’t mentally fit to make decisions it reflects poorly,” Narang said.

One of India’s finest rifle shooters, the 37-year-old added, “Physical and mental fitness complement each other. If you aren’t mentally fit, you don’t get the thought.”

His sport has become tougher over the years, Narang said.

“Shooting is a tough sport to play, and it takes a lot of physical and mental fitness to play it.

“Demand of shooting is such nowadays with the kind of competition there is, that you can’t compete at the highest level without being physically fit.” (AGENCIES)