On Wednesday, Indian Olympic shooters took their second photos of the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the country’s first fully vaccinated batch of athletes before the Tokyo Games.
In an initiative taken by the Institute of Army Sports, where the National Riflemen’s Camp is held, all eight senior archers, coaches and support staff were shot twice in the Military Hospital here.
The eight shooters include Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, Pravin Jadhav and B Dhiraj (reserve) for men and Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Komolika Bari and Madhu Vedwan (reserve) in the women’s section.
“A second and final dose of the vaccine has been made. Thank you very much, the Sports Sports Institute of the Army, for making everything smooth and comfortable,” Atanu Das posted his vaccination photo on his Instagram handle.
Former world number Dipika Kumari and India’s oldest shooter Tarundip Rai also shared their photos for vaccination.
The shooters are preparing for stage I of the World Cup, which will take place from April 19, which will be the first adult tournament in the COVID era.
The shooters will compete in three World Cups, the third being an Olympic qualifier before the Tokyo Games in July-August.
So far, India has secured a team quota in the men’s section and an individual quota in the women’s category.
The women’s team will have the last chance to qualify for the third stage of the World Cup, in Paris from June 21-27.
The military has previously administered COVID-19 vaccines to India’s 35 leading rowers, including those preparing for the Olympic qualifiers.