Tokyo Games: The Indian shooting contingent is photographed after arriving in Tokyo.© Twitter
The Indian shooters are expected to have their first training session ahead of the upcoming Olympics after recovering from jet lag after a long flight from Europe. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has said the shooting contingent, including 15 athletes, is “well established” after arriving in the Games village in the Harumi Waterfront neighborhood. “The rifle team has booked a bus for 6.55am to go to training in the morning,” said senior rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who will be competing in his third Olympics.
“It’s time to go explore the district,” he added.
They will have their first training session on Monday at the Asaka shooting range.
“The team is well positioned in the village. There is a good atmosphere and we are taking the necessary rest after a long journey. We look forward to the start of training from Monday,” said national rifle coach Deepali Deshpande.
The athletes and seven assistants were given rooms to share with the twins and the day was spent exploring the town, collecting gifts, visiting selfie spots and welcoming fellow villagers from other sports, in addition to taking a proper break.
The shooters said the food and everything else were excellent arrangements and that in addition to the mandatory wearing of masks, there was no movement for any athletes to move around the village.
Ronak Pandit, the gun coach, said: “Everything is well taken care of. The food and other facilities are good and we feel quite comfortable with the Protocols in force. The issues are available to the Government of India and the IOA (Indian Olympic Committee).”
Among the gifts, the Athletes received phones, shoes and earplugs. The Olympics are scheduled from July 23 to August 8, with shooting events starting the day after the opening ceremony and covering the first 10 days of the rarity, which will be held without spectators due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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