The ammunition crisis, which usually crops up before international competitions, is expected to be over soon. In a meeting between National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials on Friday, it was agreed to resolve the issue at the earliest. To speed up the process, SAI has also agreed to give financial assistance to the federation.
NRAI advisor, Baljeet Singh Sethi, said a proposal worth R9 crore for procurement of fresh ammunition had been cleared.
"Fresh stocks should be available to shooters before the national Olympic preparatory camp, scheduled to start in the second week of October," said Sethi. Currently, SAI has enough ammo to enable the federation to run the national camp for another five months.
"We have good quality ammo procured before the Commonwealth Games last year. As and when the NRAI places its demand, it will be provided to them," said a top SAI official. However, Sethi said, the ammo is outdated.
"The shelf life of ammunition is not more than three years. The stock with SAI is not good for competition. It can only be used for training purpose. In the build-up to an important event, shooters need to use quality ammunition to evaluate results," said Sethi.