New Shooting Format Introduced At Fiji Games

The Shooting Association of Fiji will be introducing a new format of sport shooting and feature the largest number of participating athletes at the Fiji Games which starts on September 7-10, 2017 at the Vatuwaqa Range.

Association President Jitendra Mohan said the new format of sport shooting comes under the International Practical Shooting Confederation otherwise known as IPSC and they will also have 51 athletes taking part.

"We will be formally debuting a new format of sport shooting at the XV Fiji Games," Mohan said.

"IPSC shooting is dynamic, challenging, and one of the fastest growing shooting sports in the world today.

"Courses of fire utilize many aspects not found in the more traditional shooting disciplines such as movement by the shooter, moving targets, multiple targets, and the freedom for the shooter to solve the shooting challenges presented in the courses of fire.

"IPSC matches are based on the principles of accuracy, power and speed. The matches are varied and based on the safe use of the firearms.

"Participation in these matches develops a high degree of safety and proficiency, as well as providing an exciting means of recreation."

While Shooting is a minor sport in the country, Mohan said they are hoping to attract more participants to the sport.

"We wish to widen the horizons and make the sport inclusive, having ladies competitions in every discipline," he said.

"We have for the first time invited the armed force (RFMF) and Fiji Police to compete, hoping we identify more talents.  

"SAF wishes to reach out to young athletes, our strategy is to increase participation to the wider cross section of population in order to effectively reach the target.

"Shooting in Fiji will take longer to get to school level interaction due to the nature of sport and having the sport spread wider we shall be able get attention and interest."

Shooting Fiji will field a total of 51 athletes who will be competing in the 25m Standard Pistols (men), 25m Standard Pistol (women), IPSC Pistol Short Course (women), IPSC Pistol Short Course (men), 75m 3 position Rifle (women), 75m 3 Position Rifle (men), Rifle/Pistol High gun (men), Rifle/Pistol High gun (women), Shot Gun, Single Rise D/barrel (men), Single Rise D/barrel (women), Single Barrel (men), Single Barrel (women), Point Score (men), Point Score (women), Double Rise (open).

The athletes will use the Fiji Games as a preparation platform to the Oceania Shooting Federation Championships in Brisbane on November 2017 which is the qualification round for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

The Fiji Games is a multisport event hosted by FASANOC with funding support from the International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity Program and the Commonwealth Games Federation Development Grant.


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