Indian shooters leave for Croatia, embark on 80-day journey culminating at Tokyo Olympics

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The 15-member Indian shooting team is shifting base to Zagreb as it will be safer for them to train there than in India, which is currently witnessing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Suma Shirur posted a picture of the Indian shooting team leaving for Croatia (Suma Shirur Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian shooting team will undergo seven-day quarantine period after reaching Croatia
  • Indian shooters will take part in the European Championships in Osijek from May 20
  • The ISSF World Cup will also be held in the same Croatian city from June 22

The Indian shooting contingent on Tuesday left for Croatia for a training-cum-competition tour and from there it will directly fly to Tokyo for the Olympic Games, which is scheduled to get underway from June 23.

The 15-member Indian shooting team is shifting base to Zagreb because it will be safer for them to train there as India is reeling under the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Croatia, the shooters will take part in the European Championships in Osijek (May 20 to June 6) and the combined ISSF World Cup (June 22 to July 3) in the same city.

“With a ‘Bharat Mata ki Jay’ we get ready to depart for Croatia. From there straight to #Tokyo2020 Olympics. 80 days in total. The Indian Shooting team needs your blessings to give their best,” shooter Suma Shirur tweeted and also tagged Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

The Indian shooting team will undergo seven-day quarantine period after reaching Croatia following which they will begin training and taking part in the competitions. The team will fly to Tokyo on June 17, a week in the lead up to the Games.

“SAI has arranged a chartered flight for us and making a sort of bio-bubble also there in Croatia,” said 25-year-old rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil.

All the shooters on the tour received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine earlier this month.

The entire contingent will now undergo 7-day quarantine period in Zagreb after which they will begin training and taking part in the competitions. The team will fly to Tokyo on June 17, a week in the lead up to the Games.

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