Olympic preparations: Over 14 crore spent on shooters so far

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has spent over Rs 14 crore on providing training and foreign exposure to Indian shooters as part of its `Operation Excellence` for this year`s London Olympics.

"An amount of Rs 14.40 crore has been spent so far under `Operation Excellence for London Olympics 2012` (OPEX 2012) scheme on the training/foreign exposure to shooters," the Ministry said in a statement.

Out of this, Rs 2.90 crore was spent on national coaching camps organised for training of 91 shooters (59 men and 32 women) under 19 coaches (including three foreign coaches) and five supporting personnel (including a foreign gunsmith).

The remaining amount of Rs 11.50 crore was utilised to fund foreign exposure trips.

Till now, eight coaching camps of a total duration of 124 days have been organised, stated Jagjit Singh, Secretary General, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in a review meeting of the Olympic preparations called by Sports Minister Ajay Maken.

The Sports Minister also asked Singh to submit all the requests for gadgets and equipments as well as for foreign training of players, if any, within two-three days so that the Steering Committee clears all such proposals received from various Sports Federations in its meeting scheduled for February 6.

In the Olympics this year, highest number of shooters (11) will be participating since the start of "Quota Place" system in 1988.