Contactless sports shooting can open facilities before other disciplines: Gagan Narang

NEW DELHI: Olympic bronze medalist Gagan narang feel Shooting You have a realistic chance of opening your outdoor training facilities before other disciplines as it is a contactless sport with shooters in possession of your team at all times.

But that's only after the COVID-19 pandemic disappears and the rules for social distancing are strictly followed, he added.

Shooting may be among the first sports to open the facility as it is a contactless sport with shooters who have their individual teams, London Olympics medalist Narang told PTI.

"Social distancing can be followed in Shooting ranges as there is a minimum gap of 1m to 1.50m between two competitors in the 10m range and 1.25m in 50m range.

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Between two stations in the shotgun range, there is enough room to maintain social distance, the world cup gold medalist said.

Acting at the request of athletes staying at NIS Patiala and Sports Authority of India 's ( UPS ) focus on Bangalore to gradually resume outdoor training, Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju He assured them Tuesday that he will discuss the matter with the ministry of internal affairs and health.

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Rijiju also said that a committee was formed to develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for athletes, coaches and other personnel that will be followed once outdoor training resumes amid the pandemic.

Narang reiterated that he is only talking about resuming training and not about organizing or competing in tournaments.

The decorated rifleman cited, as an example, the resumption of training in his sport in some European countries.

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It has also been opened in one or two places in India. I listened. As for the European countries, I do not know if they are divided into zones, but some of them have opened the ranks taking into account social distancing.

"Following social distancing, I am sure Shooting is one of the sports that can be opened up."

The 37-year-old rifle ace, who runs the Gun For Glory (GFG) Shooting academy under the Gagan narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF), is helping his coaches train the aspiring shooters through the virtual medium.

He also liked the idea of having international online Shooting championships, an initiative of former India rifle shooter Shimon Sharif.

"This is the best possible solution under the current pandemic circumstances to keep the shooters active, range ready, competition ready, keep their skills up and sharp and try and keep them engaged with the love of their life which is Shooting ," said Narang of the initiative.

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