The modernisation will allow Indian shooters to train in a facility at par with the Tokyo Olympics shooting range
India’s Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju, has revealed that the ministry is set to pump in INR 5 crore to upgrade the facilities at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
It will enable the NRAI (National Rifle Association of India) to install laser technology at the ‘final hall’ so that the Tokyo-bound athletes can practice at a facility similar to that of the range in Tokyo.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) will approve the spending on the 10m, 25m, and 50m targets, which will be replaced from roll to laser technology.
This will be beneficial to the shooters as they are not participating in the test events of the Tokyo Games, which is set to start on April 25 in Tokyo.
“The Tokyo range will have the advanced Sius laser targets, while we have the roll targets. The targets will be changed, so that our shooters get a similar experience to what they will get during the Olympics,” stated Raninder Singh, president of NRAI to TOI.
The laser targets are self-illuminated, whereas there are external lights that help illuminate the roll targets. The change in lighting makes a massive difference as the shooter has to change the alignment of his weapon to get a perfect shot.
“The targets will be changed only in the final hall, but all our quota winners can shoot in the final hall at the same time,” Raninder said.
India shone at the recent ISSF World Cup in New Delhi by amassing a record haul of 15 gold, nine silver and six bronze medals to top the rankings with 30 medals. 22 countries finished on the podium at the Karni Singh Shooting Range. 294 shooters participated in the tournament which happened to be the first international Olympic sporting event in India since the Coronavirus pandemic forced the country into a lockdown.
The sports minister also congratulated the athletes for their superlative performance at the World Cup.
”I am very happy with the ISSF World Cup as we were number one, leading the medal tally. I congratulate all the athletes who won at this World Cup and also the ones who have qualified for the Olympics. The shooting team will perform very well in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics,” Rijiju said.