KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Eighth International Shooting Grand Prix will come to a conclusion with the men and women skeet even. The final round will be proceeded by the second stage of qualification by shooting at 50 targets. The tournament are being held at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex, which already witnessed strong competition, in the events in which 420 shooters representing 42 countries participated.

Serbia is guaranteed to remain on top of the air pistol and rifle medal list, as the best of its shooters participated, while Kuwait seeks to guarantee first place which it occupies so far in the clay target. President of Arab and Kuwait Shooting Federations Chairman of the Board of Kuwait Shooting Sport Club Eng Duaij Al-Otaibi said efforts of Kuwait shooters in HH the Amir 8th International Grand Prix is a continuation of their outstanding results in the major international competition.

Al-Otaibi said Kuwait shooters head the trap shooting medals as they won two gold and a bronze in front of a strong team from Italy who managed a silver and a bronze, as he pointed to shooters who are able to add more in the skeet event today. He said this championship is a preparation for the world cup to be held in El-Ein, UAE next April and the world championship that will take place in Korea next May and both are important as they qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

President of Iraq’s Shooting Federation Zahid Nouri lauded competitions, adding his country is keen on participating every year due to its enthusiastic atmosphere and strong competition, with the best shooters of the world participating. Nouri said he was happy that Iraq participates in the clay target events for the first time, as they were participating in the air pistol and rifle events only.

He said Iraq’s shooters participate to gain experience, and a training camp was held before the start of the Grand Prix.

By Abdellatif Sharaa