SAI approves national shooting camp but NRAI announces its postponement


The National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) have called off the optional national camp that was scheduled to be held on October 5. The reason has been reported due to “administrative compulsions”.

SAI approves the proposed postponement by NRAI

NRAI was requested by several national coaches of rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting events to organise a national camp for the duration of a month. The request was made in order to prepare better for the upcoming Olympics.

After the request was granted, an optional training camp for hundred shooters was scheduled to start from October 5 onwards.

But, NRAI decided to call off the training camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation for the second time in two months.

Rajiv Bhatia, NRAI Secretary sent an E-mail to inform the shooters that:

“Due to administrative compulsions, the coaching camp proposed from 5th October, 2020 in Rifle/Pistol events at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi is postponed. A fresh circular will be issued in due course of time. Inconvenience is regretted.”

A woman coach at Karni Singh Shooting Ranges was also tested COVID positive. This is another reason for the postponement.

Sports Authority of India(SAI) had “principally approved” the camp for the core group of shooters. The body also stated, “the details of the camp are being worked out in consultation with all the stakeholders.”

SAI also spoke about the current quarantine requirements of seven days as they the shooters and the support staffs would be travelling from different parts of the country. The quarantine process of the shooters staying in the hotels are also taken care of.

SAI mentioned that “holding a short camp of 10 days for shotgun was not considered prudent.”

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64 additional shooters would be handed ammunition and targets at the expense of the Government.

Several shooters with the likes of Olympic quota holders, Sanjeev Rajput and Manu Bhaker, have been training at The Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, which was opened on July 8.

Keeping the preparation for the Olympics in mind the training facility was opened for the shooters.

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