Saudi’s Ammari wins silver as Bahrain’s Hajji claims bronze
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: On behalf of HH the Amir of Kuwait, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudan officially opened the 7th Shooting Grand Prix of HH the Amir at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex. Some 350 skillful shooters from 39 Arab and foreign countries are participating in the event
The opening ceremony included flag parade of the participating countries, presentation of a documentary film on the most important achievements of Kuwait Shooting Club, and an operetta titled “Peace and Humanitarian Kuwait” presented by a group of students from the Ministry of Education. Present at the ceremony was the Minister of Public Works and Municipality Affairs Hossam Al-Roumi, Director General of the Public Authority for Sports Dr Hamoud Fuleiteh, and Director General of the Public Authority for Youth Abdul- Rahman Al-Mutairi.
Also present was Chairperson of the Asian Shooting Federation Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Hamad Al Khalifa and Italy’s International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Vice-President Luciano ROSSI, together with the participating delegations, several members of Kuwait Shooting Club, and a large crowd.
At the opening tournament of 10 meters air-rifle finals, Oman clinched its first gold medal through Essam Al-Boulishi after scoring 241 points, while Saudi’s Misfer Al-Ammari followed him closely to win the silver medal with 240, and the bronze medal went to Bahrain’s Ali Hajji after earning 210 points.
The second day of the tournament is due to witness Trap finals for both male and female shooters, and 10 meters air-rifles final for women, in addition to a meeting of the Executive Committee for the Asia Shooting Federation which scheduled to take place in the morning.
In a press statement, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudan said the current tournament gained its significance — especially after the lifting of ban imposed on Kuwaiti shooting sports, and that hosting of the 23rd Gulf Cup represented the strong return of Kuwait to earn important entitlement in sport. He praised the efforts exerted by higher committee of the shooting tournament and Kuwait Shooting Club to organize the opening ceremony in a distinguished manner. The activities of the grand prix will continue until next Thursday