NRAI announces charter flight for Olympic shooters’ trip to Croatia – the New Indian Express
Express press service
CHENNAI: Like many sports in the country, shooting has also taken a toll in the ongoing pandemic. After an outstanding performance at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in March, the snipers did not have a national camp, which is crucial at this time with the Olympics less than three months away.
But that is about to change as the National Rife Federation of India (NRAI), the sport’s governing body, has announced that Olympic shooters will leave for Croatia on May 11 to compete in the European Championships, an event that is planned. to be held from May 20 to June 6. The shooters will stay in Zagreb to train and they will travel directly to Tokyo to participate in the Olympic Games.
As this daily reported earlier, the NRAI had tried to put in place all the necessary arrangements for the shooters to go to train abroad. “All arrangements have been made in association with the Croatian Shooting Federation,” the NRAI said on Monday. For starters, all Olympic shooters will meet in New Delhi on Monday.
After being in quarantine for about a week and having been tested for Covid-19, they are expected to resume training at Dr Karni Singh’s range before leaving for Croatia. Due to the situation, NRAI chairman Raninder Singh reportedly took the initiative to send the team on a chartered flight. “The NRAI also made arrangements for a chartered flight for the whole team to go to Zagreb in order to minimize the threat of contracting an infection as much as possible,” the NRAI said.
In addition, all shooters and officials who will be part of the trip should be vaccinated by May 6. “All team members would be vaccinated by May 6, 2021, before their departure. The NRAI also welcomed private coaches and shooters support staff into the arrangement. However, some of the top pistol trainers like high performance trainer Samaresh Jung, Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit are not on the list that has been invited to meet in Delhi. India can only field a few coaches / support staff during the Tokyo Olympics. Their exclusion is revealing.
However, Jung said it was a conscious decision due to the pandemic. “I withdrew from the camp because of the pandemic situation. I also have my parents at home. I didn’t think it was right to be a part of it now, ”he said. Head Coach Ved Prakash and Foreign Coach Pavel Smirnov will oversee the training of pistol shooters like Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma, to name a few. The NRAI decided to send the shooters directly to Tokyo so that the shooters could get a fair idea of the conditions there. A total of 15 Indian shooters will seek to engrave their names in the history books during the Tokyo Olympics.