Covid on the ranges: NRAI to report international athletes to ISSF

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, March 20

After three shooters, including two from the Indian team, tested positive for Covid-19 at the ISSF World Cup, organisers National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) have swung into action. The three shooters have been moved to a hospital in Faridabad.

Foreign shooters who are not adhering to Covid-19 protocols have been reported to the technical director, said NRAI president Raninder Singh, who is also ISSF’s vice president.

“There have been reports of international athletes who have ventured out for sightseeing. They have been reported to the technical director of ISSF for further action,” he said in a statement.

“There have also been reports of Indian athletes breaching the bio-bubble despite making them aware of all responsibilities. The NRAI has set up an enquiry committee and will submit a report to SAI (Sports Authority of India) as they have asked. Stringent action will be recommended against anyone found guilty,” he added.

SAI had asked NRAI to submit a report on this issue.

Shooters, both Indian and foreign, have been reported to be venturing out of the team hotel. Hungary’s Istvan Peni, who won the silver in the 10m air rifle event, went sightseeing to Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. “I have been vaccinated before coming here and my RT-PCR report also returned negative,” he said after the medal ceremony.

Two of the three are pistol shooters, while the third is a woman shooter from a South American country. To the relief of the organising committee, all the team members’ reports came negative.

Overall, four shooters have been detected with the virus. On Thursday, a top international shooter had been admitted to a hospital after testing positive.

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