Kind of a waste of clay pigeons, no?
It turns out India’s marksmen are threatening to boycott the upcoming Olympics because they have a shortage of ammunition for training. You can read about it in Marksmen fed up with shooting blanks.
I could see where this may be demoralizing. Oh sure, at first it’s great, just pretending to have bullets. “Hey Floyd! Fantastic! You didn’t miss anything! But you need to improve on pointing your fingers, and you have to make more realistic shooting sounds with your mouth…”
But then you start to wonder about how many other athletes are training without proper equipment. Divers with no water in the pool? Fencers with no foils? “I stuck you!” “No you didn’t! That’s just a thumb!”
In the end, it’s sad for good athletes who really want to compete. Just remember, even Deputy Barney Fife got one bullet.
India’s Rajyavardhan S. Rathore competes in the men’s double trap final of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, August 17, 2004. Rathore took silver with a score of 179. REUTERS/Guang Niu