National shooting camp to resume from 1 August - NRAI

The camp will be held at the Dr. Karni Singh Range in New Delhi; attendance for shooters will be compulsory.

Shooters participate at the Asia Olympic qualifying tournament in February, 2016. The Dr. Karni Singh range was reopened for use on 8 July.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has announced a camp for the Olympic core group for training at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range, Tughlakabad, from August 1.

After monitoring the progress when the shooting range was opened for training of the top shooters on July 8, the NRAI had decided that it was time to resume training for all the 34 shooters in the core group.

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"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," said Raninder Singh, the president of NRAI, in a statement.

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The Manav Rachna University Campus located close to the range in Faridabad is expected to provide accommodation for the campers, including coaches and support staff.

High Performance manager Ronak Pandit has been appointed as the nodal officer to coordinate 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," the statement said.

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Camp mandatory

Apart from the standard protocol, the NRAI is also 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 will be kept in seclusion like ‘’quarantine-type conditions’’ at the camp. It was clarified that there was no option to skip 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.  The national federation hopes to have bilateral competitions for the Olympic squad with the approval of the International federation, the Union Government and the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

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