Junior shooters forced to bathe in freezing cold waterNovember 28, 2017
NEW DELHI: Warm clothes are out and geysers have been put to use to warm water as Delhiites brace up for the falling temperatures. But for 60-odd junior shooters, who are part of the national camp organised by the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI), getting a hot bath early in the morning at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) hostel inside the JLN stadium complex is a far more difficult challenge than aiming for the target at the range.
The kids, for the past week, have been forced to take bath with icy cold water at 5AM daily to get ready for their training sessions at the Karni Singh shooting range. On returning back after a hectic day at the range, cold water is what they have to make do with to refresh their tiring bodies.
Among these kids, a 24-member team is preparing for the 10th Asian Airgun Championships to be held in Wako City (Japan) from December 6 to 12. The tournament will double up as a qualifier for next year’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Since it would be very cold in Japan during the time of the tournament, the coaches have decided to hold early morning practice sessions. The rest of the shooters, staying at the hostel, are preparing for the School Games in Pune.
The reason for their misery is that SAI has not got the hostel’s solar water heating plant, which needs repairs, fixed. As a result, some parents of these shooters have complained to the SAI officials that kids are falling sick.
“Some parents have brought their kids electric immersion rods to warm the water. It’s been more than a week since these shooters moved into SAI hostel but nothing has been done to resolve the crisis. When grown up people like us dread to take bath with cold water, you can very well think what would have been happening to these young kids,” an official attached with the camp told TOI.
JLN administrator PK Raghav denied the allegations and refused to comment.