On Wednesday, ace rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil said that she believes athletes will not be scared of returning to practice after the Sports Ministry gave the permission to the resumption of training in all sports complexes and stadium.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic all the major sport events has been postponed including the Tokyo Olympics. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has also postponed or cancelled all its tournaments because of this pandemic.
Since March 25, India has been under lockdown and no sports has been played since then. But in a fourth phase of the lockdown government ease some restrictions and giving the permission to reopening of sports complex and stadiums.
Anjum said: “No, I think if all the athletes will follow the proper protocols of wearing masks and using sanitiser or maintaining social distance there will be no fear in returning to the stadiums for training.”
“I am happy that the stadiums are open and that athletes will get to train again properly for any competitions this year or preparations for the Tokyo Olympics,” said World Championships silver medallist Anjum Moudgil.
“All the athletes will now be in good shape before playing any tournament domestically or international,” said the 26-year old who is good at both 10m Air Rifle and 50m Rifle 3-position categories.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is the country’s highest sporting honour and Anjum has been recommend for it. At the 2018 World Championships, she has won the silver medal in 10m air rifle and qualified for Tokyo Olympics.