Rahi Sarnobat, International pistol shooter hailing from Maharashtra, India, is stuck in a tough situation. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) made it mandatory for all the athletes qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year to report to the national camp which is commencing from August 1 at the Dr Karni Singh Ranges. She is bothered here as it is very difficult for her to get out of Kolhapur which is under complete lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The 29-year-old said, “Kolhapur is under complete lockdown and I might have to skip to the camp. Things are so bad that we have had to stock up on essentials. The week-long lockdown will end on Sunday, but indication are it will be extended till July 31,” as quoted by Hindustan Times.
She added, “The NRAI has made it mandatory to attend the camp, but I will request them to consider (my case) as I cannot travel.”
Kolhapur Shooter Is A Real Champion
Sarnobat is a record-breaking 25m pistol shooter. She was the first Indian pistol shooter to win a World Cup Gold and the first Indian woman shooter to win gold at the Asian Games. Well, not just that, she also won bronze at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning in 2011 and became the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in the 25m pistol event.
Speaking about the situation, she further said, “It’s a good initiative from the federation. Some shooters living in the vicinity of Delhi can travel by road but those like me, who are staying far off, will face problems as ammunition cannot be carried in flights these days.”
Since May, the shooting champion has been training at a local range, she told, ”Being an elite shooter, the facilities is open for me but not for the general public. I’m training in isolation and there is complete safety. We don’t have electronic ranges and use paper targets… it’s ok since international competitions will commence only next season.’’