PUNE: It is a match for London bronze medallist rifle shooter Gagan Narang and Commonwealth Games gold medallist pistol shooter Annu Raj Singh. The shooters, who have known each other and have been part of the Indian team since almost two decades, will be getting married later this month in Hyderabad.
“There is no particular moment when we decided to get married. We have been teammates since 2002 and are friends since then. We have been together since long and have been around during each other’s high and lows. I guess the feeling of tying the knot grew with time,” Annu Raj, an Arjuna award recipient and London Games participant, said.
“My mother is fond of her and her parents liked me too, so it is partially an arranged marriage too,” Gagan said.
The ace shooter said staying with parents since Covid pandemic helped them reach the decision.
“We both have been representing the country for many years and when you are busy competing, your priorities are different. We didn’t think of getting married till last year when we finally got some time to think about things other than shooting,” he said.
The shooters have represented the country at various international meets, including the Olympics.
Gagan said the sport gave them an opportunity to know each other well.
“We know the nature of the sport and that made it easier for us to know each other well. We have seen the lows and highs together. This sort of helped us take the decision,” he said.
Annu, who has been part of the national team till recently, said her professional commitment delayed the wedding plans.
“I was part of the Olympic core group and every now and then there was some competition of trial, which couldn’t be skipped. Gagan wanted me to stay focused on my shooting,” Annu, who hails from Aligarh, said.