Tokyo Olympics: Indian shooting team to depart for Tokyo on July 16
The Tokyo Olympics gets underway from July 23. The Indian contingent would be more than 120 athletes strong. Meanwhile, the shooting team is a strong contender for a medal, while the group of 15 shooters would leave for Tokyo on July 16.
With just 15 days to go before the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, the Indian contingent is making its last moment preparations for the global competition. The entire Indian delegation would be over 120 athletes strong, which would also consist of 15 shooters.
The shooting team is considered one of the top prospects of winning medals, thanks to its glorious shows of late, especially in the ISSF World Cup. As it looks forward to its best-ever performance in the Olympics, the team is set to leave for Tokyo on July 16.
The team is currently in Croatia, participating in some short competitions and training in Zagreb. Following their arrival in Tokyo, they would undergo a four-day quarantine.
"Since they are not in India, they will not be required to do a long quarantine, which is mandatory for those travelling directly from India. The contingent is leaving on July 16 and reaching Tokyo on July 17. It is going to be a long journey, but I think there will be a transit," a source from the National Rifle Association of India was quoted as saying to PTI.
Considering the team's performance of late, during the World Cup in Osijek, it managed to win just a gold, along with a silver and a couple of bronze, which was not as impressive. Nevertheless, a team coach professed that the team was heading in the correct direction.
"The coaches are working on their game, helping them with their inputs. Skill-wise, they are proven shooters with some great results backing them. And, their mindset is also not at all a problem heading into the Games. Shooters, who are competing in one event, are generally training one session in the fray and those going to take part in two events are doing two sessions. The coaches have developed specific plans for the shooters and they are being followed religiously," he concluded.
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