The SAI said the decision was taken to ensure that athletes bound for Tokyo Games, postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have continuity in their training.
ISSF New Delhi Shooting World Cup 2019: Indian coach Pavel Smirnov struggles to comprehend Jitu Rai's dip in form
Smirnov, who coached Vijay Kumar to a silver medal in 25m rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 London Olympics, is surprised at Rai's decline as he considers the Army man as one with the clearest of minds
ISSF New Delhi Shooting World Cup 2019: India's pistol coach Pavel Smirnov angry after 25m rapid fire quota revoked
"Who did not give the visas? I know. It was very stupid. It is very bad for India, a setback," said Pavel Smirnov, India's foreign pistol coach.
Heena Sidhu slams India's chief pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, says he is not competent, technically weak and never been able to answer my questions adding her experience of training under him was sort of miserable.
Unsparing on the under-performing shooters, coaches and the national federation, the Abhinav Bindra-led NRAI review committee chastised the Rio Olympics flop show while recommending a systematic overhaul.