Sports Authority of India has announced a two-month camp for core Olympic probable shooters. The camp will comprise of 32 shooters (18 men and 14 women), 8 coaches, 3 foreign coaches and two support staff. All 15 Olympic quota winners will be a part of the camp. The total cost of the camp is estimated to be around Rs. 1.43 crores.
Sports Authority of India in a statement said, “It is imperative to have a camp because it is an integral part of the preparation for an event like the Olympics. The camp will be conducted following the SAI SOP.”
Training in a camp with all the fellow shooters will be much better preparation
Anjum Moudgil, a rifle shooter and silver medalist at the 2018 World Championships stated that she was happy to return to a camp and said, “It is very good that SAI and NRAI have decided to hold this camp which will give us much needed practice with just 10 months to go for the Olympics. Regular shooting in a camp environment will give us a better idea of where we currently stand.”
Divyansh Singh Panwar, the world number one in Men’s 10m Air Rifle stated that he was looking forward to returning to the camp with national coaches being present, “Though I have been training right through the lockdown, training in a camp with all the fellow shooters will be much better preparation with the national coaches monitoring our progress. I am looking forward to this camp.”
Speaking about the camp, Mr. Raninder Singh, President National Rifle Association of India, said, “Our shooters have been training at home during the lockdown but to train together at a camp is going to help them much more. We are very happy that SAI has sanctioned this two-month training camp which will help our shooters to achieve the performance levels they were maintaining before the lockdown was announced.”
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