NRAI tells coaches to communicate through "proper channel" to avoid confusion

The diktat is primarily meant for pistol coaches and came straight from the office of president Raninder Singh.

The Olympic-bound Indian shooting team is currently in Croatia on a training-cum-competition tour, at the end of which, it will fly directly to Tokyo. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)   -  Getty Images

Seeking a seamless Olympic build-up, the National Rifle Association of India is learnt to have asked its coaches to exercise discretion and use "proper channel" while speaking to the media to avoid any communication breakdown ahead of the Games.

Proper channel, in this case, means using the federation's media department as the contact point, an NRAI source told PTI on Tuesday. The diktat is primarily meant for pistol coaches and came straight from the office of president Raninder Singh.

"The federation, especially the president, is determined that the shooters are not affected in any way prior to the Tokyo Olympics. They are hoping that there would be no confusion because of a particular coach saying something to the media about a shooter or regarding any other things related to their preparations," the source said.

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The Olympic-bound Indian shooting team is currently in Croatia on a training-cum-competition tour, at the end of which, it will fly directly to Tokyo.

"There was a report that an ad was shot in Zagreb in the bio-bubble, but the fact is that there is no such bio-bubble thing for them in Croatia," the source said.

"People must understand that the (COVID-19) situation in Croatia is different from India. There, one has to just serve a quarantine on arrival and after that the person is not under any COVID restrictions.

"So these kind of reports -- apart from others -- floating around are not good for the team ahead of a big event like the Olympics," he added.

To everyone's surprise, a fancied Indian team fired a blank at the Rio Olympics five years ago, leading to the formation of a special panel recommending radical changes in the federation. The NRAI, this time, is determined that such a show is not repeated in Tokyo.

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