The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) expressed confidence that it would be able to host the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) combined World Cup next month. The first event has been scheduled to take place in New Delhi over a period of 12 days from March 18 to March 29 and will be followed by the second event in Changwon in April.
The event will be the biggest one after the pandemic for the Indian shooters who haven’t had such competitive experience in over a year. Earlier last month, NRAI had announced that the teams from India for the combined ISSF World Cup would be announced only after the completion of the T3 and T4 trials in rifle and pistol. The two trials will get over by February 14 as they are set to be played for a week beginning from February 8.
‘We are getting entries and a good response’
The general secretary of NRAI, Rajeev Bhatia spoke to ANI about the event and expressed confidence about conducting it. He said, “We are confident of organising this event and we have already spoken to our officials regarding World Cup. As of now, I can say that World Cup is very much on and will discuss SOPs and other important issues related to the World Cup in the first week of March.”
“We are getting entries and a good response, a lot of countries have responded positively and have sent their entries so the World Cup is very much on,” he added. He was then asked about the COVID-19 protocols and the bio-bubbles to which he replied, “We are discussing with the sports ministry and hopefully some solution will come out as we are working on that.” and signed off.