In a shocking incident at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India’s best shooters were detained and had to wait for more than 10 hours before they were given the clearance to leave with their ammunition. It is concerning considering that there was no official help. At the same time, considering that shooting is not a mainstream sport for many, the staff at the airport clearly did not recognise the athletes. Abhinav Bindra and Heena Sidhu took to Twitter to express their displeasure over the incident.Also Read - Bhavesh Shekhawat Secures Maiden Nationals Gold; Vijay Kumar Finishes Fourth
“Saddened to hear that the National Shooting Team is detained at The IGI Airport with the customs refusing to clear their guns,” Bindra tweeted. Also Read - International Shooting Federation Increases Asia's Olympic Quota Places From 38 to 48
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“Chatted with a few athletes and the lack of support coming through from the national federation is pathetic. @RaninderSingh @TheNrai,” Bindra said.
“They are our countries ambassadors and should not be treated like this. Would this ever happen to our cricket team?,” he asked.
The Indian shooters were left stranded at the airport on their return from the World Cup in Cyprus. The team, which included the likes of Chain Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Kynan Chenai, had to wait for more than 10 hours before they were allowed to leave with their ammunition. (with wires inputs)