Day after capturing camp cancelled, SAI approves it

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1

A day after the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) postponed the national camp for shooters, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has approved the same camp. It was only yesterday that NRAI deferred its plan to hold a month-long training camp for the national squad owing to “administrative reasons”.

Today SAI gave an in-principle approval to the camp for the NRAI core group — the Olympics probables and national squad shooters — from October 5. Adding to the confusion is the fact that all crucial details regarding implementation of quarantine rules and hotel accommodation are yet to be worked out.

“However, considering the prevailing extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the details of the camp are being worked out in consultation with all the stakeholders,” SAI said in a statement.

“…measures for implementing a quarantine process for shooters accommodated at the hotel vis-a-vis the shooters travelling from homes residing in NCR are being worked out,” it added.

There were some concerns amongst the officials about the wellbeing of shooters during their stay for this camp. SAI has been using a colour-coding system to regulate staff and other daily workers in its premises in Patiala and Bengaluru. However, this system wouldn’t be possible in the Tughlakabad shooting ranges as there is no hostel facility inside the campus. Moreover, the shooting coaches had made it clear that they shouldn’t be tasked with sanitisation and screening processes.

‘New dates soon’

The camp will not start on October 5, according to NRAI. “There is no confusion whatsoever. SAI has given their approval for a camp. The camp stands postponed and new dates will be out soon,” NRAI president Raninder Singh told The Tribune. “The SOPs and quarantine rules have to be followed. NRAI will now check with our athletes and coaches for their availability and we will take it forward from there.”

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