Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said Indian shooters would train without traveling away from their home ranges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He announced that the decision applies to shooters of all categories viz. elite, developmental, and Khelo India. They will avail ammunition and targets from Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range and other accredited academies at their doorstep.
Speaking about the decision, Rijiju said, “It is important that athletes, especially future Olympic potentials, get a chance to resume their training wherever they are in the country. They may not visit Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range or other academies due to the COVID-19 situation. However, most of them practice in their home range and facilities around that. We want to ensure that their training is not compromised only due to the lack of ammunition availability.”
The decision will impact 253 shooters across all categories, who can now train at a convenient sporting facility without coming to Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. With this decision, elite shooters like Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil, Saurabh Chaudhary, and many others will benefit from training in their hometowns.
Elite shooter Anish Bhanwala interacted with Rijiju during his visit. Bhanwala said, “It felt great that Minister Sir came to meet us and inquire about our needs. If we can get the ammunition and practice in the vicinity of our homes, it will ensure our safety during COVID times. It will permit us to devote more time to training.”