KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: The ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK), composed of the nine Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) embassies held a shooting tournament among embassy staff at the Mayadeen Shooting Range Complex of the Kuwait National Ranges Company last weekend.
Prior to the tournament, Filipino Assistant Shooting Instructor at Mayadeen, Tony Magsarili held a lecture on the invention of guns and briefed the ASEAN embassy personnel and their families on the proper and safe use of guns. Magsarili was a former Professional Jai Alai player at PAGCOR and a Firearm instructor at the Philippine Institute of Firearms Instructors Association.
ACK Chair 2017 Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro Villa welcomed all the guests to the shooting tournament which was the culmination of sports activities that the ACK has undertaken during his chairmanship, aimed at strengthening the camaraderie and unity of ASEAN in Kuwait.
Villa wished each Embassy’s trio of shooters to aim right, shoot straight and hit most of their target without shooting stray bullets.
“As the New Year approaches, we not only hit our target here at the shooting range but we also hope that all the embassies and the ACK will hit their target by accomplishing their mission, reaching their goals and realizing their objectives,” he stated.
Villa also expressed his deepest gratitude and great appreciation to the Mayadeen Shooting Range Management led by the General Manager, General Ahmad Al-Saleem (ret) and Asst Manager Omar Al-Ansari, for supporting the event and hosting the shooting competition.
The nine ASEAN Embassies with diplomatic missions in Kuwait (except for Singapore), namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam participated in the event. Each team (embassy) fielded three shooters each. They used 9mm pistols using 15 live bullets each to hit the bull’s eye target from 7 meters away.
Trophies and medals were awarded to the following winners:
Champion: Embassy of Myanmar
1st runner-up: Embassy of Viet Nam
2nd runner-up: Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
Champion: Han Manh Le (Vietnam) – perfect score of 100
1st runner-up: Supapim Wanno Pas (Thailand) – 98 points
2nd runner-up: Haji Mohd. K.S.H. Zakaria (Brunei) – 97 points
By Michelle Fe Santiago – Arab Times Staff