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June 20, 2017

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Youth/Junior Air Weapon Championship to be held in two cities

Youth/Junior Air Weapon Championship to be held in two cities

KARACHI: The 6th National Youth/Junior Air Weapon Shooting Championship is all set to be held simultaneously at PN Karsaz Range, Karachi, and Army shooting range, Jhelum, from July 25-30.

The Annual General Meeting of National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) approved the suggestion of holding this championship simultaneously in the North and South regions of the country.

“Our primary focus is on youth, so through this championship we are achieving two tasks,” said Executive Vice President National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) Razi Ahmed Khan while talking to ‘The News’. “Our first task is that those athletes who perform well or achieve cut-off points be sent to Japan in September.

“They will be sent to Japan to win quota places for Youth Olympics 2018,” said Razi.

Also, he added, the top performers of this championship would get opportunity to play world cups. “There is no restriction on participation. Around 200 athletes are expected to take part in it. Both the ranges have electronic targets,” said Razi.

The first edition of this event was held in 2012. Navy have won all five previous championships. They won 27 medals during the fifth edition: 13 gold, seven silver, and seven bronze.

Army stood second with 15 medals (two gold, seven silver, and six bronze).

Sindh took the third position by winning one silver medal. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won two bronze medals to stand fourth. Punjab failed to win any medals.

NRAP secretary Javed S Lodhi told this scribe at the end of the fifth edition: “Shooters in youth and junior categories may face issues in traveling for the annual air weapon championship, so we are considering this option.”

He added that young athletes were usually not allowed by their parents to travel far for competitions.  Besides, examinations also made it difficult for them to travel.

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