NRAI to hold national shooting camp from Oct 5 to Nov 8 | More sports News

NEW DELHI: After a call from the coaches of India’s national shooting team, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has once again set its wheels in motion and announced October 5 to November 8 as the dates for a national camp at Delhi’s Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range (DKSSR).
In an email sent out late on Tuesday evening to all concerned, the federation had asked for a reply by 1 pm on Wednesday.
NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia later confirmed the development to Timesofindia.com.
“We have announced the camp from October 5,” Bhatia told Timesofindia.com on Thursday morning. “It will be for the entire national squad. I think around 100 shooters will be there.”
The rising Covid-19 graph had forced the NRAI to postpone the camp it had planned to conduct from August 1 in the national capital. The federation had then made it compulsory for all the shooters to attend the camp, but after reservations from those who had to travel from other states, the federation decided to not go ahead with the camp.
Sports Authority of India (SAI) had re-opened the DKSSR in July, after which one of its coaches also tested positive for the virus.
“NRAI sent out the mail on Tuesday (Sept 22) night and they had asked for a reply by 1 pm on Wednesday (Sept 23). The camp will run from October 5 to November 8,” a source close to the development had told Timesofindia.com on Wednesday night.
Last week, all the Indian coaches attached to the senior national team — Samaresh Jung (pistol), Deepali Deshpande (rifle) and Mansher Singh (shotgun) — had requested the NRAI to organise a camp for the core group.
Meanwhile, the core-group shooters like Sanjeev Rajput, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala, Sheeraz Sheikh and Mairaj Ahmad Khan have already been training at DKSSR, as they reside in the Delhi-NCR region or in adjoining states like Haryana.
In the lead up to their earlier attempts to hold the camp, former shooter Ronak Pandit was put in charge of all the Covid-19-related hygiene and precautionary protocols as the Nodal Officer, while the hostel at the Manav Rachna University in Faridabad was chosen as the place to provide lodging for the campers.

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