Olympics: Indian shooting contingent leaves for Tokyo on July 16 | Tokyo Olympic Games News

NEW DELHI: Currently in its final leg of the long tour of competition and training in Croatia, the Indian shooting contingent destined for the Olympics will leave Zagreb for Tokyo on July 16 and reach the Japanese capital the following day.
In Tokyo, shooters and their support staff are likely to be in quarantine for three to four days as they enter Japan from a country where the Covid-19 situation is under control.
The Games are scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8.
“Since they are not in India (where the number of Covid cases was high when the shooters left for Croatia in May), they will not be required to do a long quarantine, which is mandatory for those traveling directly. from India, ”said a National. A source from the Rifle Association of India (NRAI) told PTI.
“The contingent leaves on July 16 and reaches Tokyo on July 17. It will be a long journey but I think there will be a transit,” he said.

India’s shooting contingent, including some of the country’s top Tokyo Games medal hopefuls, left for Zagreb on a charter flight on May 11 for the last leg of their Olympic preparations.
The plan was still to head straight to the Games from Zagreb.
Meanwhile, the shooters and their coaches are doing everything possible to ensure that they approach the Games in the right frame of mind, having done exceptionally well in recent years.
The team, however, were unable to set fire to the scene at the recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, where they won one gold, one silver and two bronze for 10th place is not a good result considering the fencers’ excellent race lately.

One of the coaches, who is with the team in Croatia, said the team is going in the right direction.
“The coaches work on their game, help them with their contributions. Skill wise, they are proven shooters with great results supporting them. And their state of mind is not at all a problem before the Games, ”said the coach.
“Shooters who participate in one event generally train one session (per day) and those who will participate in two events do two sessions. The coaches have developed specific plans for the shooters and they are followed religiously, ”he added.

Asked about reports that longtime foreign coach of the gun team Pavel Smirnov had a dispute with security at the entrance gate to the training site, an NRAI source called this small problem that has been fixed.
“Yes, there was a problem but it was a small (one). Security and the coach had an argument over the thermal check at the front door, and I believe words were exchanged, after which the matter was reported to the security supervisors.
“However, the Croatian Shooting Federation then intervened and resolved the issue amicably. So everything is fine now, ”he said on condition of anonymity.

Indian shooters train alongside the Croatian national team.
India will be represented by a record 15 shooters at the Tokyo Games.
The Indian contingent moved their base to Zagreb as it was considered safer for them to train there as the country teetered under a devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
During their stay in Croatia, the Indian shooters participated in the European Championships in Osijek, from May 29 to June 6, before participating in the last World Cup before the Olympics, from June 22 to July 3, at the same place. .

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