Narang delays his comeback, gives World Cup final a miss

London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang has extended his time off from shooting by a few more weeks, pulling out from taking part in the season-ending ISSF World Cup final Rifle/Pistol to be held in Bangkok from October 24 to 27.

The Bangkok event was to be his first major competition after London. Now, the 29-year-old says he is targeting the German League in November for his return to competitive shooting.

"I had some personal issues which had been pending for a while so I have decided to attend to those and skip this tournament. It's OK. I will get some more time to myself," Narang told The Indian Express on Monday.

But prior commitments aren't the only reason for this miss. Adjusting to new equipment is the other reason for Narang's pull out. "I have acquired a new shooting jacket and it will take some time to adjust," said Narang, who has only recently returned to training after finishing third at the Woolwich-based Royal Artillery Barracks this July.

Eye on nationals

Apart from the German League, Narang says he is looking forward to participating at the shooting nationals, tentatively to be held at the Karni Singh shooting range in New Delhi later this year, from December 12 to 23.

"I have started to train again and it will take me some time to get back to top shape. But I will definitely be participating at the Nationals," Narang said.

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