KARACHI: Pakistan Navy Shooting Range is getting another complete skeet electronic shooting range next month, said Chancellor NRAP National Training Academy, Karachi, Razi Ahmad Khan.
Talking to ‘The News’, he said Pakistan Navy was buying electronic shooting range for 10 metre pistol and rifle events as well which would be used only in the finals of national and international events.
“We, at the academy, already have one voice-activated (electronic) shooting range for skeet events, and the one we are setting up next month will be additional to help athletes,” he added.
He further said that such ranges were very expensive and Pakistan Navy had taken this initiative to help this sport. “One 10 metre electronic shooting range costs around Rs15 million, so our priority is to distribute modern weapons among athletes instead of spending money on buying ranges,” said Razi.
“Our aim is to establish a network of 10 metre manual ranges in educational institutions and cities to help this game flourish. The reason is that 10 metre manual ranges are low-priced, safe, and easy to accommodate.”
Razi said if they got one tenth of what India spent on their shooters, the results would be tremendous. India’s annual budget for shooting is above 300 crore (Indian) rupees.
“We request our educational institutions, particularly universities, to utilise their sports funds and we have also offered them to share their costs if they initiate shooting development programmes for their students. We have helped many universities by importing for them weapons on concessionary rates,” said Razi.
He said that Punjab University, Agriculture University Faisalabad, Government College Lahore, and Engineering University had developed their own shooting ranges.
Meanwhile, treasurer of the NRAP National Training Academy and Officer in-Charge of Pakistan Navy Shooting Range Karamat Ur Rahim said their academy was helping young athletes a lot. “We provide youth free-of-cost weapons, quality training, lodging during events, arrange international tours, and in some cases provide scholarships to them,” he added.
He further said that Pakistan Navy arranged a training camp in 2011 in which around 200 young athletes participated, and NRAP picked 20 players out of them for further training.
Then in 2012, they arranged another camp in which 306 students of different institutes participated.
“From among the selected lot, six players were sent to the 5th Asian Championship held in December last in Nanchang, China, where four of them achieved Minimum Olympics Qualifying Score. Those will be sent to Youth Olympics next year,” said Karamat. He said the membership of the academy was open for everyone.