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13th Gulf Shooting Tournament kicks off

shootingKUWAIT: HH The Crown Prince Shooting event and the 13th Gulf Shooting Tournament continues with increasing intensity in the competitions as shooters moved to the final stages at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting complex. 200 shooters from all six GCC countries are participating. Several gold medals will be distributed today – particularly in the 10m Pistol for women, 50m Prone Rifle. Trap and Skeet competitions (75 shots) for men and women will take place early, while official training on the 50m Pistol for men will take place at noon. Qualifications for the Olympic archery will also take place today.

Meanwhile Qatar’s Trap Coach Roberto Scaltzroni said Qatar shooters have a strong chance to win medals tomorrow, adding that this competition is serious and a preparation for the Asian Championship which qualifies for Brazil 2016 Olympics. He said they are here to compete and win medals, while at the same time “we aim at the Asian Championship which will start here in Kuwait in few days, and we have strong opportunity to win”. Qatar’s team has three experienced shooters.

There are also new shooters who are being prepared for world championships. Meanwhile, Bahrain’s shooting team manager Ibrahim bin Ali said Bahrain’s Federation is keen to always participate in the Gulf tournament and all events organized by Kuwait, due to the professionalism, and continued follow- up by Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salam Al- Sabah who supports the sport of shooting in Bahrain. Bin Ali said the Gulf participation is very important for Bahraini team. Bin Ali thanked Kuwait Shooting Sports Club officials for their distinguished care and for providing requirements for all delegations.

By Abdellatif Sharaa

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