We have huge expectations from shooting: Rijiju

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) A lot of expectations ride on the shoulders of India’s shooters going into the Tokyo Olympics, said Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Rijiju on Thursday while inaugurating a residential hostel at the Karni Singh Shooting Range.

“Shooting is one of the premier sports at the moment. We have huge expectations from shooting and India has a huge reservoir of talent at grassroot level. We have maximum qualification in Tokyo Olympics from shooting,” said Rijiju at the inauguration ceremony.

Indian shooters have won a record 15 quotas going into the postponed Olympics and have a chance to add to that haul on the basis of world rankings in the coming months.

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“Our athletes represent the country at the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games. They must have a standard of living where basic facilities are provided. Shooting being a priority sport, we have to take all the necessary steps for the shooters,” said Rijiju.

Rijiju announced that all hostels must be of at least 3-star standard in terms of food, hospitality and cleanliness with the facility management being done by an expert agency.

He added that going forward there should be a separate girls hostel and separate boys hostel.

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–IANS

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