Shoot­ing team in Rio to warm up for Olympics

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The Chi­nese shoot­ing team that will take part in a test event prior to the Rio Olympics ar­rived in the host city 10 days early to get a taste of the lo­cal cli­mate and get over jet lag.

More than 30 of the 45 medal­ists from the Lon­don Olympics will com­pete in the ISSF World Cup for ri­fle, pis­tol and shot­gun, which is also an Olympic test event and will be held be­tween Thurs­day and April 25.

Wang Yifu, head coach of the Chi­nese shoot­ing team, said the rea­son for com­ing early was to get ad­justed to Rio’s en­vi­ron­ment. “Most of our shoot­ers are com­ing to Rio for the first time, they are not fa­mil­iar with this city,” he said.

The Chi­nese team com­pleted its Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion last month. A to­tal of 17 shoot­ers will com­pete at the Rio Olympics; six are Olympic gold medal­ists and nine are Olympic new­com­ers.

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