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  • The 36-year-old Narang, who also claimed bronze at the 2010 World Shooting Championships, will also help Kenya Shooting Sports Federation (KSSF) set up development structures and an academy at the Sailing Club, Nairobi.

The 2012 London Olympics 10m Air Rifle bronze medallist Gagan Narang of India is training Kenya's shooting team for the African qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics set from November 17-24 in Tipasa, Algeria.

The 36-year-old Narang, who also claimed bronze at the 2010 World Shooting Championships, will also help Kenya Shooting Sports Federation (KSSF) set up development structures and an academy at the Sailing Club, Nairobi.

KSSF chairman Shoaib Vayani said Narang, who has won a total of eight gold medals from the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, will be key in their plan to roll out youth development program countrywide.

Vayani said they intend to target youth for the newly introduced Target Sprint that is becoming popular and easy to set up.

Vayani said that Narang’s short term plan is to refine the national team so as to have more qualifiers for the Tokyo Summers Games. “Our plan is to have many firers qualifying in more events at the 2024 Olympics,” said Vayani.

Narang, who has had a week of training with the national team shooters, said Kenya has the potential to have more firers qualifying for majors events like the Olympics.

“I am not really changing many things here but fine-tuning them with under pressure training,” said Narang. “We are also making some technical advancements which are crucial to winning tight games.”

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