National Rifle Association Of India has postponed the shooting camp which was scheduled to start from 1st August due to coronavirus. Camp for the venue was decided as Delhi’s Dr. Karan Singh Shooting Range, on Thursday a female coach was tested corona positive there. Corona positive cases have crossed 1 lakh, due to which NRAI has taken this decision.
Sports Authority of India (SAI) opened the doors of the shooting range in July itself, 10 players including Manu Bhaker and Sanjeev Rajput were practicing theirs individually. The camp was scheduled to start from 1st August with a 32 player squad.
National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia told PTI, “The camp stands postponed at the moment. We are trying to work out a few things and by next week we hope to have a clearer picture.”
He added, “Maybe we can start in the second week of August depending on the situation.”
Besides coronavirus, the second reason to postpone the camp is that players who live in cities far away from Delhi are facing problems to reach Delhi. The 10 players who are currently practicing in Delhi are from Delhi or regions near Delhi like Haryana, Faridabad. Many players have to come from Southern India or Eastern India.
15 players including Manu Bhaker and Sanjeev Rajput have achieved the Olympic quota already. The Tokyo Olympics which were scheduled to be held this year have been postponed till next year, due to coronavirus. now the Olympics will be played from 23rd July to 8th August 2021. For the fourth time in history, the Olympics have been postponed or canceled. Before this in 1916, 1940 and 1944 Olympics were canceled due to World War.