Indian 10m air rifle teams receive only 20 minutes of training in Tokyo after ‘time slot problem’
Posted On July 21, 2021
Just two days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, Indian 10m air rifle shooters only had to do 20 minutes of training at the Asaka range due to a problem related to the allocation of time slots.
While the other Indian shooters trained for more than two hours, shooting teams including Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan, who have events lined up on the first day of competition on July 24, have seen their training sessions reduced to less than half an hour.
“This was due to a slot issue, as athletes from all competing nations train in one place,” a National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said on Wednesday.
“Today’s training lasted about 2 to 2.5 hours in the morning. The 10m air rifle teams had it for 20 to 30 minutes.”
While the women’s 10m air rifle kicks off shooting at the Games on Saturday, the men’s 10m air rifle competition is scheduled for the next day.
India will be represented by Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar in the men’s 10m rifle event.
It has also been learned that eight Indian shooters who will be seen in action in the first two days of competition will skip the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday.
10m air pistol shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Apurvi and Elavenil hold events on the first day of competition.
Others like Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak and Divyansh will shoot on the second day.
“Although it was given that those in action on Saturday would jump, the other four have their pre-event tests on Saturday, so it was deemed wise to miss the opening ceremony for them,” a- he declared.
The Indian shooting contingent has 22 members, including 15 athletes.
The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, with gunfire spread over the first 10 days of the extravagance, which will take place without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian shooters conducted their first training in Tokyo on Monday.
The Asaka Shooting Range also hosted the shooting competition at the 1964 Olympics.
The Indian shooting team arrived in the Japanese capital on Saturday after completing a long tour of training and competition in Croatia.
While in Croatia, the Indian shooters participated in the European Championships in Osijek from May 29 to June 6.
The Indian team has eight rifles, five pistols and two skeet shooters, in addition to six coaches and a physiotherapist.
Before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Indian shooters consistently dominated the sport, finishing first at four ISSF World Cups in 2019.