Overseas shooters trying to acclimatise to hot conditions

July 31st, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 31 (Xinhua) Shooters, from various countries have intensified their training here in order to acclimatise to the soaring temperatures before the start of Games Aug 8. Lucia Liliana Mihalache is among the four shooters from Romania, who arrived here Sunday. Jetlagged, the 41-year-old blonde practiced women’s skeet on the shooting range on the western suburb Wednesday morning.

“The time difference still troubles me,” she said, adding that she is trying hard to adapt to the hot weather here.

“It is too hot, but I still have many days to prepare. I hope I could get used to it soon,” she smiled. “If they could provide some water or orange juice in the rest room for athletes, it would be better,” she added.

To the Italian shooters, weather is not much of a problem. “Italy is as hot sometimes,” said Albano Pera, head coach of the Italian shooting team and retired shooter who was runner-up in double trap at the 1996 summer Olympics.

“However, Italy is not that humid,” he said.

The Italian team came here Saturday and some of its shooters have already begun their training, but world champion and Olympic silver medalist Gelisio Deborah is not among them.

“She has been in hospital since Tuesday morning due to high fever,” a worried Pera said. “We have come here to win medals. She is quite hopeful to win, but who knows when she would recover.”

While Italian coach is crossing fingers for a better weather on the competition day and quick recovery of his ace shooter, Cuban shooting coach is confident of his team’s good performance.

“I like the venue here and the weather won’t affect us. We feel confident of doing well. After all we are competing in the venue, not running marathon,” said Juan Hernandez, who is the head coach of the Cuban shooting team .

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