The National Rifle Association of India, on June 26, shortlisted 32 shooters who will be undergoing training for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The national body, however, is yet to chalk out a training scheme, and finalise a venue or date. And D. V. Seetharama Rao, secretary general of the NRAI, is in no hurry to give a new impetus to the restart of the sport, either. “We are trying our best along with the Indian Olympic Association and Sports Authority of India to revive practice as soon as possible but it all must be conducive. We are having regular meetings on Zoom. We cannot even put a single athlete at risk. If we rush things, the ranges will become a breeding ground for the virus,” said Rao, also a shotgun marksman who competes regularly in national championships.

“We cannot set a date, as of now. The pandemic has taken such a shape that any date we look forward to might…

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