AFTER being forced to shut down for nine months, the National Shooting Range in Subang – the training ground for national shooters and the venue of many competitions – is operating once again.
For the national shooters, this was certainly welcomed news as they can now resume training at their preferred venue after being forced to use the National Sports Council (NSC) shooting range in Bukit Jalil, which is smaller in size and lacking proper equipment.
Along with the range’s reopening is the imminent return of competitions for national shooters to gauge their performance and progress.
National shooter Muhammad Ezuan Nasir Khan admitted
that he was affected by the (Subang range) closure, saying that he could not evaluate his own performances due to the absence of competitions.
He said shooting required its athletes to participate in competitions every month (where possible) to improve themselves.
“Throughout the time it (Subang Range) was closed, selection for major tournaments was based on training performances, which is not ideal as competition pushes us further.”
“This in turn had quite an impact on us (shooters). I am relieved the range is operational once more and that competitions will be held here once again, so that I can prepare for the SEA Games and the Asian Shooting Championships,” said Ezuan.
National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) training and competition committee member Datuk Musa Omar said the Subang Range was reopened after passing a series of four inspections.
“We have received a letter from the Selangor police chief informing us that we can reopen the range after being shut down for nine months following an untoward incident,” he said.
“Following the incident, the police recommended NSAM to upgrade the venue’s safety aspects such as putting up a fence and installing a card entry system, besides having members and shooters register their names before being allowed to train there,” said Musa.
The range was forced to shut down temporarily in September pending investigations into the suicide of a teenager who shot himself in his college. The 19-year-old had taken a pistol from the shooting range.
The first competition to be held at the range since the temporary closure will be the Selangor Shooting Championship next month. — Bernama