Refugee athletes Luna Solomon and Mahdi have been chosen to shoot in the Tokyo Olympics.
Both have been chosen and skilled by triple-Olympic gold medallist Niccolo Campriani since 2018, in collaboration with Abhinav Bindra.
Luna will signify the Refugee Olympic Team whereas Mahdi will signify Afghanistan.
“In sport, I have finally found peace. At the range, there is just me, my rifle and the target. In Tokyo, this will be no different, and I am ready to make my mark,” Luna stated in a press release.
“I have dreamt of the Games every day since being selected for this project and it feels incredible for this dream to have now become reality,” stated Mahdi.
“It has been an honour to coach Luna and Mahdi, and I am so proud of what they have achieved. They have both worked relentlessly for this opportunity and I can say with all my heart that they deserve it,” stated Campriani.
“I have seen the power of sports to change lives first hand. I know it changed mine. I was really taken in by the story and more importantly by Campriani’s passion for the concept,” stated Bindra.
The shooters had skilled in Bengaluru at Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre final yr. During their week-long stint in India, the biomechanical evaluation was executed and so they got customised coaching plans.
“I am sure the journey of Luna and Mahdi will inspire former and current Olympians to take on such initiatives and uplift lives through the power of sports,” added Bindra.