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Upgraded ranges, new equipment greet shooters

QSAA President Ali Mohammed Al Kuwari says Qatar is all set to host a successful continental championship.
Shooters Train At The 10m Shooting Hall Of The Lusail Shooting Range
Shooters train at the 10M shooting hall of the Lusail Shooting Range in Doha on Sunday. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

The Asian Shooting Championships at the Lusail Shooting Range will feature over 1200 shooters from 34 countries in 88 events. It presents a huge challenge for any organising committee, not merely from a competition point of view, but in terms of logistics.

The task in no way seemed to intimidate Ali Mohammed Al Kuwari, President of the Qatar Shooting and Archery Association (QSAA) and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the shooting championships.

“The members of the Asian Shooting Confederation trusted us with the event as they believed we hosted it successfully in 2012 and could do it again,” he said.

Al Kuwari said they had been hard at work ever since they were entrusted with the responsibility in 2017.

“The ranges have been upgraded and so has the equipment. We have also constructed a new hall that will be used for the opening ceremony. The delegations who have come in over the past few days have expressed happiness over the arrangements,” he added.

Ali Mohammed Al Kuwari Mohammed Ahmed Taher Hamad Yousef Al Obaidli
Ali Mohammed Al Kuwari (second left), QSAA President, Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Malki (second right), Chairman of Establishments Committee, Mohammed Ahmed Taher (left), Director and Executive Director of the Championship and Hamad Yousef Al Obaidli, Chairman of the Media Committee at the Lusail Shooting Range on Sunday.
IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

The range was teeming with shooters right through the day, as the teams went through their practice sessions.

Al Kuwari, who was elected vice president of the Asian Shooting Confederation (ASC) at its general assembly in Kuwait on Saturday, also launched the results website for the championship.

Al Kuwari said the website would allow users to follow the performances of the Qatari shooters and would be linked to websites of other shooting federations as well.

“We have tried to keep it on the lines of the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) and the website will help us connect to the shooting family across the world,” he said.