With all other sports associations have gone underway with their respective national camps, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has also announced that the national shooting camp will take place from 5th October to 8th November at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range (DKSSR) in Delhi. However, the only thing hurdle before the camp gets going is official approval from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Following the COVID-19 lockdown, NRAI reopened the DKSSR in July, as the national camp was earlier supposed to kick off from 1st August with 32 core shooters. Unfortunately, the NRAI remains as one of the 57 National Sports Federations (NSFs) de-recognised by sports ministry in accordance to order from the Delhi High Court from February. However, after one national coach returned COVID positive test results, the decision to resume the camp was called off once again.
The decision of resuming the camp taken by NRAI after they received a call collectively from the Indian national shooting team mentors and confirmed the proposal of the national camp on Thursday via an official statement on the NRAI website, which also depicts the future implication of the Standard Operating Procedure by the MHA at the camp premise.
“Proposal has been sent to SAI for approval. Strict compliance of SOP issued by MHA and COVID test by a Govt-authorised lab is must for all shooters and coaches. The test report should not be older than 48 hours from joining the camp on 5th October (Rifle/Pistol). The report will have to be submitted at the time of joining the camp,” the official NRAI notification read.
“No personal coaches/parents/guests will be allowed to enter the range. Detailed circular will be issued on receipt of approval from SAI,” the notice added.
National shooting camp to feature around 100 shooters, confirms NRAI secretary
Notably, the shooting range already had the presence of some core shooters such as the likes of Sanjeev Rajput, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala, Sheeraz Sheikh and Mairaj Ahmad Khan. They all continued their training at the range as they all reside in the national capital region.
Rajiv Bhatia, the rifle association secretary also confirmed the same to Times of India.
“We have announced the camp from October 5. It will be for the entire national squad. I think around 100 shooters will be there,” Bhatia said.