The National Rifle Association of India were received severe flak from Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra and Anjali Bhagwat, after the National Shooting Team was detained at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport for over 13 hours.
On their way home from Plzen Grand Prix, Czech Republic after winning medals, the team was asked to stay at the airport until their weapons received a clearing. The team of shooters including Chain Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Kynan Chenai were left stranded at the airport for hours before they were allowed to leave with their ammunition. Winner of the 2017 TOISA Shooter of the Year Award, Abhinav Bindra expressed his irritation on Twitter, saying, “Saddened to hear that the National Shooting Team is detained at The IGI Airport with the customs refusing to clear their guns.”
He said the official team manager left the athletes to “fend for themselves.” “Chatted with a few athletes and the lack of support coming through the national federation is pathetic. @RaninderSingh @TheNrai.” He also asked, “They are our countries ambassadors and should not be treated like this. Would this ever happen to our cricket team?”