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Shooters Have Final Training Session Before Tokyo Flight (Ld)

Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) When their departure for Tokyo was ready for Friday, the Indian shooters had a rigorous training in Zagreb, Croatia. The shooters, who had failed badly and returned empty-handed from the Olympics in Rio, are expected to win a few medals for India as their performance has been impressive the last two to three years.

It was a long session that took all morning as the shooters did their thing one last time before leaving Croatia for Japan.

The shooters have been in Croatia since mid-June, and although they were expected to return home before traveling to Tokyo, they decided to extend their stay to avoid the extra quarantine ordered for India and 13 other countries if their athletes reached Japan from home. Country. India has a record number of participants in Tokyo this time – 15.

The extra quarantine was not applicable to all those who have spent 14 days or more in a foreign country and reached Tokyo directly.

The shooters, who had competed in a world championship in Croatia during the camp, took advantage of the last training day to put the finishing touches on their work. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Thursday released some photos and videos of their last training session in Zagreb.

Among those who trained on Thursday were pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker.

Rahi, the gold medalist of the Asian Games, won a gold medal in the 25m pistol event at the ISSF World Championships in Osijek, Croatia. It would have given the shooter from Kolhapur lots of confidence before the Olympics.

Sarnobat had also won a bronze in the 10m pistol team event along with Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Manu Bhaker. Although this event is not part of the Olympic program, all three pistol shooters came with good scores.

The 50-meter 3-position shooters – Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Tejaswini Sawant – also took advantage of this opportunity before traveling to Tokyo, as did rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar and pistol-es Saurabh Chaudhary.

–IANS

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