Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic-bound shooters to get vaccinated before leaving for Croatia, says NRAI

The shooting team will be travelling to Croatia for the European Championships from from 20 May to 6 June, where they will be staying back for training before directly leaving for Tokyo.

Press Trust of India May 03, 2021 21:32:21 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic-bound shooters to get vaccinated before leaving for Croatia, says NRAI

India's Tokyo 2020 quota-winning shooters with NRAI officials at the ISSF New Delhi World Cup 2021. Image courtesy: NRAI

New Delhi: Olympic-bound Indian shooters will get vaccinated on Thursday before leaving for Zagreb, Croatia on 11 May in a chartered flight to participate in the European Championship, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said on Monday.

The competition is scheduled to be held from 20 May to 6 June and the squad will be staying back in Zagreb for training before directly leaving for Tokyo to participate at the Olympics beginning in July.

"All the arrangements have been made in association with the Croatian Shooting Federation," the governing body of the sport in the country said in a release.

"The NRAI has also made arrangements for a chartered flight for the entire squad to fly to Zagreb, in order to nullify the threat of contracting infection to the maximum."

India is facing a devastating second wave of COVID-19, which has left the health care system in complete shambles with most hospitals struggling with essential supplies like oxygen, ventilators, beds and life-saving medicines.

The apex body said that the shooters will be vaccinated on Thursday ahead of their departure.

"It was also announced that all members of the squad including coaches and officials, would be vaccinated by May 06, 2021, before their departure," NRAI said.

"The NRAI has also accommodated the private coaches and support staff of the Shooters in the arrangement."

Last month, India had named a 15-member squad for the Tokyo Olympics.

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