Around 2700 shooters participating in the G.V. Mavalankar All India Shooting Championship, also called pre-nationals, have been caught off-guard by heavy rains in Mumbai.
The shooters were seen battling the bad weather conditions and trying to achieve the Minimum Qualification Scores (MQS) required for the National Championship to be held at Kerala in December.
Although the most affected are the events being played at 25 meter and 50 meter ranges as these are outdoors but there is also water leaking through the roofs of the 10 meter indoor range.
The organisers – Maharashtra Rifle Association – were seen struggling to clean up the flooded Worli range by pumping out water from the outdoor ranges and trying to conduct the championship in these challenging conditions.
Many shooters who had their matches on Wednesday and Thursday could not even reach the city as several flights were cancelled.