Tokyo Olympics: Indian shooters to have 1st training session on Monday, settle down well at Games Village

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Tokyo Olympics: After having settled down at the Games Village following their arrival from Europe, India shooters will have their first training session in Tokyo on July 19, days ahead of their competition at the global sporting spectacle.

India shooting team arrivred in Tokyo on Saturday, July 17 (NRAI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India will be fielding a 15-member shooting team at Tokyo Games
  • The shooters settled into the Games Village after arriving from Europe
  • They will undergo their first training session on Monday at the Asaka Shooting range

The Indian shooters will have their first training session in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic Games on Monday. The Indian shooting contingent landed in the capital city last week and have recovered from the jet-lag after a long flight from Europe where they were training in the lead up to the Games.

The National Rifle Association of India on Sunday said the shooting contingent of 15 members has settled down well at the Games Village and are happy with the facilities and food available. In fact, the shooters spent the day exploring the village, collecting their gifts, visiting selfie-points and welcoming their compatriots from other sports, besides catching up on much-needed rest.

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The shooting team has been offered twin-sharing beds at the Games Village as they gear up for what promises to be their biggest tests. A lot is expected of the Indian shooters as they are looking to bounce back after drawing a blank 5 years ago at the Rio Games.

“The rifle team has booked a bus for 6.55 am to go for practice,” said senior rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput to the Press Trust of India, who will be appearing in his third Olympics.

“It’s time to go check out the range,” he added.

They will undergo their first training session on Monday at the Asaka Shooting range.

“The team has settled down well in the village. The atmosphere is good and we are enjoying some much-needed rest after a long journey. We look forward to beginning training from Monday,” said national rifle coach Deepali Deshpande.

The shooters also said that arrangements for food and everything else were excellent and besides compulsory wearing of masks, there was no restrictions on movement inside the village for any athlete.

Pistol coach Ronak Pandit said, “Everything is being well taken care of. The food and other facilities are good and we are feeling quite safe with the protocols in place. The Indian government and IOA (Indian Olympic Committee) are all at hand for any issues.”

Among the gifts, the athletes received phones, footwear and earbuds.

The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, with the shooting events starting a day after the opening ceremony and covering the first 10 days of the extravaganza, which will be held without spectators owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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