Camp cancelled, shooters left clueless
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has postponed the proposed camp for the national squad. In a short email to the prospective national campers — over 100 in number — and 20-odd coaches, NRAI announced this, citing administrative reasons. The rifle/pistol camp was scheduled from October 5 to November 8 and the shotgun camp was to be held on October 20-30.
The decision took the shooters and coaches by surprise as they had been making training plans to be executed during the camp.
This is the second time in two months that NRAI has cancelled the camp. It had previously called off the camp for the Olympic Core Group for the Tokyo Olympics in July after some shooters decided to stay away due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital.
“We don’t know the actual reason for the postponement. All we have been told is that the camp has been postponed for administrative reasons,” said a coach on condition of anonymity.
“We had sent all our training plans only yesterday, and now this! We don’t know what is happening,” said a shooter.
NRAI president Raninder Singh was unavailable for comments.
Interestingly, when the plans were first announced to hold the camp in October, some shooters did not want to spend seven days in quarantine. But they accepted this condition after some persuasion.
Only NRAI advisor Ronak Pandit, who has been tasked with overseeing training in rifle/pistol disciplines, was against holding the camp with a large number of shooters. He had recommended that training be started with only the Olympic Core Group of roughly 35 shooters and a few coaches; if it went well, the complete national squad could be called to train.