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Karni Singh range races to meet Games deadline

After receiving flak from the media for not being granted access to the Karni Singh Shooting Range, the Organising Committee (OC) took reporters around the venue on Tuesday.

other Updated: Sep 15, 2010 02:42 IST

After receiving flak from the media for not being granted access to the Karni Singh Shooting Range, the Organising Committee (OC) took reporters around the venue on Tuesday.

The trip formed the third day of media visits, organized by the OC, to Commonwealth Games venues.
On entry, the first impression is that work still needs to be done but it has more to do with the unprecedented rainfall.

The venue had come under the scanner recently as a portion of the trap and skeet range had caved in and workers could be seen at work on Tuesday.

“We have people working very hard to get things in place and everything has to be ready by September 17,” said Manmeet Singh Goindi, the venue commander.

The administrators had also come under fire, as the sheds, which are supposed to cover the points from where the shooters take aim, do not protect them from the elements. Goindi, however, had his reasons.

“The rule says that the shed should cover the shooter fairly to protect him from sun. There are events in the sport where one has to keep moving to aim at the target and the shed can only be there up to a specific distance,” he said.

Two shooters in the Commonwealth Games shotgun team, Ronjan Sodhi and Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who were practicing at the range,
appeared satisfied with the venue.

“I will be leaving for the World Cup in Turkey before the Games begin and this range looks perfect to host the event,” said Sodhi, the world record holder in double trap.

“People here have worked really hard and despite the difficulties have got the venue competition ready,” said Mairaj.
The other ranges that reporters were taken around were the 50-meter rifle range, the 10-meter pistol range and the final range, which has a seating capacity of 750 and is air-conditioned.
It will see the top eight competitors in rifle and pistol in 10, 25 and 50-meters take aim for the podium.