Veteran Indian rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput has resorted to dry practice and yoga in self-isolation keeping an eye on retaining his sharpness ahead of the Tokyo Olympic. In dry rehearsal, a shooter tends to fire a fireman, an object hung on a wall, but without any ammunition. This serves the purpose of preserving ammunition as well as honing one’s skill.
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We must remain indoors for the next three weeks or till the time the situation improves. But I am doing dry practice (or dry firing) at home besides yoga and meditation, Sanjeev Rajput told the Press Trust of India. With a massive upsurge in coronavirus cases inducing a lockdown throughout the world, athletes preparing for the Olympic have suffered a huge blow as they must recalibrate their plans.
Sanjeev Rajput, who secured his Tokyo Olympic quota by winning a silver medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, has already come to terms with the fact. I have been preparing for the Olympic 2020 Games for more than three years, hoping to go there and perform at the biggest period.
We simply don’t have any choice now but to postpone the Olympic 2020. I support the conclusion; we know it is for our well-being. The 39-year-old rifle shooter from Haryana has competent for four Olympic on the trot now, representing India in three of them. His allocation at the 2016 Olympic was given to a shotgun shooter.
“Also, I have a back-up rifle which I will start using once the range opens. Using a fresh barrel means I need to get used to it in time for the Tokyo Olympic next year,” Sanjeev Rajput told.
Sanjeev Rajput made a comeback with a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 thereby increasing his chances of a place at the Tokyo Olympic this time. I will upgrade my equipment now. The jacket and trousers I use now and which I was going to use in Tokyo later this year, are good enough to last me only 5-6 months.
Tokyo 2020 now postponed, Sanjeev Rajput will now have to upgrade his rifle and get acquainted with the new one as soon as the lockdown gets lifted. His current equipment was chosen keeping in mind the originally-scheduled dates of the Olympic 2020. I had gone to Birmingham in February and chosen my ammunition for the Tokyo Olympic. I doubt that can wait till next year.