Criticised for lack of planning, the National Rifle Association of India decided to accept the recommendations of Abhinav Bindra-led review committee, which looked into Indian shooters’ flop show in Rio Olympics, in “toto” and said it will form a separate panel to ensure the implementation of the suggestions.
NRAI president Raninder Singh said that the report did not blame anybody but gave recommendations to correct the faults which existed in the running of the sport.
Raninder, however, said the federation has reservation on one recommendation, which says the country should not hold any international competitions.
“We accepted the report in toto minus one suggestion that India should not host any international competition. We get funds from the government to conduct national and international events,” Raninder told reporters here today.
“Some suggestions are very good and some are very scathing criticism of NRAI which is welcome. In a day or two we will announce a committee which will ensure the implementation of the suggestions,” he added.
Besides various recommendations, the review committee also suggested that the NRAI should invest on creating a strong domestic calendar rather than spending money on “needless” international competitions, a view which did not go down well with the national federation.
Raninder said that as suggested by the review panel, the NRAI will soon hire a High Performance Manager, who will monitor the programme of all the shooters.
“There is a systematic problem and we will take up it with Sports Authority of India. When you do funding directly to an athlete it is very difficult for a federation to monitor,” he said.
“One of the main things which came out in the report is that the NRAI is woefully inadequate in monitoring the athletes. So we will be very shortly hiring a one or may be even three High Performance Managers. We need to segregate the administrative part from the technical aspect as suggested by the report,” Raninder said.