NEW DELHI: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) is worried that Indian shooters might head to next year’s Tokyo Olympics without any competitions as uncertainty looms over international shooting tournaments due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, The Tribune reports.
NRAI, thus, has plans to host at least four Grand Prix tournaments before the Tokyo Games. As per the daily's understanding, NRAI president Raninder Singh has discussed this with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Union Sports Ministry, but a formal proposal is yet to be submitted to the authorities.
The ISSF top brass is on board with NRAI’s plans. The Tribune has learned that NRAI will be footing all the bills — including return tickets, boarding, transport and even the ammunition and targets — of the shooters who will show up for the events.
As per initial plans, shooters who had either entered the finals of last year’s World Cups and World Championships, besides those invited for the season-ending World Cup Finals, will be invited for the proposed Grand Prix in India, reports The Tribune.