PUNE: The country’s Olympics probable shooters will assemble for a national camp in a bio-secure environment at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Tughlakabad in New Delhi, from August 1.
The camp, the duration of which is yet to be decided, will be compulsory for the 34 shooters named in the core group (rifle, pistol and shotgun) for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced after its executive council meeting via video conference on Tuesday.
The campers will be provided safe accommodation as well as travel to and from the ranges by the NRAI.
Apart from staying within the bio-secured campus, the shooters will also have to follow distancing at the range. They will have to maintain two-lane distance while shooting.
“The stay will be arranged at the Manav Rachna University campus. The shooters will be provided with separate cooks, drivers and other staff, so that there is no chance of them getting exposed to anyone from outside,” NRAI secretary general DVS Rao told TOI.
“The camp will be compulsory for all selected shooters and the coaches too,” he added.
Rao also informed that the shooters will be tested for Covid-19 before and during the camp. However, there won’t be any quarantine period for the shooters before they join the camp.
“They will come a day or two before the camp begins,” he said.
NRAI’s high-performance advisor Ronak Pandit will supervise the camp.
“Once we conduct this camp for the Olympic probables, we will contemplate on starting the national camp for other shooters,” Rao added.

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