Sports Authority of India, National Rifle Association of India, reviews national squad preparations

New Delhi, Sunday, February 05, 2022: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), have reviewed the preparations of the national shooting squad, currently undergoing a preparatory camp at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (DKSSR) in the national capital, ahead of the Cairo International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol scheduled to begin from February 17, 2023. The current camp, which began on February 03, 2023, is the first full camp of the year for the Rifle and Pistol squad and is being conducted under a globally acclaimed foreign High-Performance Director (HPD), besides expert foreign coaches. It is a first of its kind where all aspects of technical training, mental conditioning, sports science and physiotherapy have been taken into account, to prepare the shooters not only for the busy upcoming international season, but it also begins preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

In this regard, SAI officials had visited the squad hotels on Saturday and also undertook a virtual meeting with coaches and athletes on Sunday, to ascertain their comfort with the facilities provided.

At the meeting, the shooters have informed that their stay was comfortable and the quality of food was also good. SAI also offered the shooters to be shifted to the Dr. KSSR hostel, but the shooters have categorically stated that their stay was comfortable at the hotel and that they would continue their accommodation in the hotels provided. A report on the review was also submitted by Ronak Pandit, Chief National Coach, Pistol, on behalf of the NRAI.

While concurring with the views expressed by SAI post the review, the NRAI also stated that this was the first time that the world’s best SCAT simulators were being used for every individual athlete to ensure the best possible technical training. World renowned Canadian Sports Psychologist Dr. Pierre Beauchamp, who is also the HPD and a team of four-five psychologists were also taking care of the mental aspects of the game. The best use of sports science, quality nutrition, fitness and modern physiotherapy involving expert foreign coaches, experts on sports psychology, physios, nutritionists and fitness trainers was being made, to ensure that the shooters are prepared in the best possible manner.

The Rifle/Pistol National Coaching camp for 84 shooters (44 men and 40 women), 12 coaches, two foreign coaches, one High Performance Director and nine support staff started on Feb 1st and will go on till Feb 14th, 2023.