Simulators to help shooters stay sharp at home

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing them to stay at home, Indian shooters are set to receive a new device to assist them.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

Indian shooters’ training at home is set to undergo a unique change in the coming month as they will be provided with an electronic shooting range simulator to help them maintain their focus.

The SIUS Ascor, a Swiss company which manufactures the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)’s electronic scoring system, will deliver their shooting range target systems to Indian shooters in the coming days.

“We are already working on getting it, but it can still take one month. SIUS Ascor’s range will help the shooters to at least practice indoors,” former Indian shooter and current national pistol coach, Jaspal Rana told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Manu Bhaker will be participating in international online shooting championship Photo: ISSF

Jaspal Rana confident of Olympic chances

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by a year has been met with understanding by Indian athletes and Jaspal Rana was no different.

“This is going to make a big difference for sure. The last three years they have been tirelessly working on their game, hoping to perform at the biggest stage,” said multiple-time Asian Games gold-medallist Jaspal Rana.

“But, having said that, we cannot be complacent when faced with something which we have never experienced or imagined in our lives. I support the IOC’s decision to postpone the Games. There was no other way out. We cannot complain and crib.”

The Indian shooters comprise the biggest contingent of athletes going to the Tokyo Olympics, with as many as 15 quota places already secured and the move will no doubt benefit them.

Jaspal Rana, who coaches medal hopefuls Manu Bhaker, Abhishek Verma and Chinki Yadav revealed that he is constantly in touch with his proteges and they had already undergone one Olympic trial before outdoor training had to halt due to the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, holding them in good stead.