Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s 15-member shooting contingent checks into Olympic Village

On their way to Tokyo, the Indian shooting team made a stop in Amsterdam, where the skeet team joined the pistols and rifle group.

Indian shooting team in Tokyo
Indian shooting team in Tokyo

The Indian shooting team has touched down in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics. The 15 strong contingents has checked into the athlete’s village. The Olympic-bound team left Zagreb after completing an 80-long competition-cum-training stint. Foreign pistol coach Pavel Smirnov stayed back in Croatia and will be joining the team in Tokyo laters.

On their way to Tokyo, the team made a stop in Amsterdam, where two skeet shooters, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh, joined the 13 membered pistols and rifle group. The skeet team was training in Italy and flew together with the team to Tokyo. Before the Indian contingent’s departure, the Croatian shooting federation felicitated the visitors during a farewell ceremony.

Quarantine not required for Indian shooting team at Tokyo Olympics

Indian Shooters gearing up for Tokyo Olympics
Indian Shooters

The Indian shooting will not be subjected to a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Tokyo Games. All the members of the Indian contingent tested negative for COVID-19 in the tests conducted over the last two days. And they flew from Croatia where the pandemic is in a much-subdued state which is yet another reason for them not to quarantine.

The Indian shooters will be starting their training at the venue from July 19. Much is expected from the pistol shooters and they will be looking to deliver up to them. The mixed rifle team of Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan too are strong contenders for a podium finish. The shooting team is expected to return with the most medals for the country. It will be interesting to see how it turns out for India in the shooting arena.

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Anshuman Mahapatra is currently pursuing an engineering degree. Writing and sports are his fortes. He covers cricket as well as badminton, boxing and other Olympic sports. Anshuman is addicted to reading novels and cricket. He is a huge Chennai Super Kings fan.