NEW DELHI: The national camp for Olympic-bound shooters, which was scheduled to be held here in the first week of August, has been postponed for an indefinite period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said on Tuesday.
The shooting national federation held a meeting after which it announced its decision.
"The NRAI, in its meeting reviewed the decision taken during the emergent meeting of the governing body on July 14, of holding a national coaching camp for Olympic core group athletes at the Karni Singh Shooting Range (KSSR) in Delhi from the first week of August," the federation said in a statement.
"Under the prevailing conditions with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body decided to defer the camp, till the time conditions are safer all-around as well as suitable for outstation travel. Health and safety of shooters/coaches was paramount in the review of the decision. The NRAI will announce a new schedule at a later date."
The NRAI had originally scheduled the camp to start on August 1 at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. It had also controversially made it compulsory for all 32 shooters who are in the mix for the Olympics to attend the camp. IANS