On July 8, the shooting range at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Tughlakabad, was opened for the training of the core Olympic 34 shooters. Watching the progress, it was announced by the by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) that the range is booked for shooting camp for the training of the Olympic team starting from August 1.
The president of NRAI, Raninder Singh, said, “The health and safety of the players and coaches is paramount. We are fully prepared to resume training and national shooting activities in a cautious way,” as reported by Sportstar. Ronak Pandit, high Performance manager and former India shooter, has been appointed as the nodal officer to coordinate and maintain the aspects of hygiene and medical protocol.
“Among his responsibilities would be to ensure that all necessary safety precautions and guidelines related to covid-19 are followed,” Singh said. Well, as regards to the accommodation for the campers as well as the coaches and other staff, the Manav Rachna University Campus located close to the range has been booked.
“Attendance shall be compulsory for this camp as the unprecedented circumstances found globally with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic dictates, that NRAI’s options at being accommodating are virtually zero. Therefore, currently the option of choice and personal interests, must necessarily, be put on the back-burner by all in the national interest, it was decided,” the NRAI said.
The NRAI is expected to make its own list of measures for strict adherence by all concerned. The campers have to bring a Covid-19 test report from their home base, and they will be kept in seclusion like, in a way they will be quarantined at the camp.
The NRAI is also planning to have three separate camps for the other core group of shooters in rifle, pistol and shotgun, both in the senior and junior sections.