KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: The Seventh HH the Amir of Kuwait Shooting Grand Prix concluded Thursday at Mayadeen Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex with the participation of 350 shooters from 39 Arab and foreign countries.
Kuwait’s shooting team bagged a total of 10 medals — seven gold, two silver and one bronze; followed by the Sultanate of Oman in second place with one gold and one silver, and Tunisia in third place with one gold and one bronze.
Italy came in fourth place with two silvers and three bronzes; while Bulgaria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kazakhstan completed with one silver medal each, and in ninth place was Bahrain with four bronze medals.
In yesterday’s matches, Kuwaiti Ahmad Al-Affasi won the gold medal in Double Trap with 76 points. He was ahead of Italy’s Alessandro Chianese who came second with 73 points which gave him a silver medal. The bronze medal went to Kuwaiti Saad Al-Mutairi with 55 points.
Meanwhile, Italy’s International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Vice-President Luciano Rossi praised the unwavering support of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for the shooting sports and shooters by patronizing the annual international shooting championship bearing his name.
Rossi explained this year’s edition is distinct due to the tremendous efforts exerted by the chairperson and members of the higher organizing committee and operation committees, in addition to the wonderful results for Kuwaiti shooters.
He pointed out that Kuwait hosted one of the important shooting ranges at the world level and it has a distinguished group of shooters. He also praised the brilliance of siblings Shahad and Sarah Al-Hawwal for winning gold and silver in the Women’s Trap.
On the other hand, Vice President of Asian Shooting Confederation Javaid S. Lodhi praised the State of Kuwait for hosting the championship in which several countries were keen to participate including Italy, China and Japan and the shooters are international stars. He pointed out that the championship is akin to the Asian Olympiad as winning entails good preparation.
Lodhi indicated Kuwait possesses one of the best shooting complexes in the world and its champions continue to shine in all global arenas due to the immense support the State provides, as well as that of the club’s administration.
Talking about the success of the championship, Lebanon’s Shooting Federation President Butros Jalakh affirmed that the championship succeeded with distinction due to Kuwait’s meticulous organization of such events; while its champions are always on the medals dais and sports gatherings.
Commenting on his win, Double Trap gold medalist Ahmad Al-Affasi dedicated his medal to HH the Amir and the people of Kuwait, asserting the win came after stiff competition with the best shooters.
Also, his compatriot, Saad Al-Mutairi, pointed out that his winning the bronze medal was unexpected considering the participation of shooters from Italy and Russia. He added he is looking forward to more improvements and achievements in the next tournaments.
He disclosed he will participate in the upcoming international and Arab shooting championships that shooters are currently preparing for.