PETALING JAYA: South-East Asia’s best shooters will be in Malaysia twice this year.
They will be hoping to outgun their opponents at the South-East Asia (Seasa) Championships at the National Shooting Range in Subang from May 3-12 before vying at the same venue in the SEA Games from Aug 19-30.
National Association of Malaysia (NSAM) competition director Datuk Musa Omar said the top shooters would also enjoy better facilities at the range.
A total of RM1.3mil have been spend to refurbish the place and electronic scoring targets have also been installed.
“All the 10 Asean countries are coming for the Seasa meet. We have also invited China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong to spice up the tournament. A total of 200 athletes are expected to be here,” said Musa.
“It’ll be a good platform for us to test our facilities before the SEA Games.
“The Seasa will also give our national shooters an idea where they stand against their rivals in the region. We’re the first nation to host both Seasa and SEA Games in the same year.”
Musa added that NSAM president Ally T.H. Ong had given the green light to expand the venue in Subang.
“Our first step is to turn our shooting range into a multi-sport complex,” said Musa.
“Work will take place after the SEA Games. We want to build badminton courts and also facilities for table tennis, basketball, futsal and archery.
“The complex will be open when there are no shooting tournaments ... so, the place will be used throughout the year.”
The shooting range already have an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and squash courts.
There are currently 3,000 registered members under NSAM. The association also receive funding from the government under the national coaching and training programme.
“Our collection is not enough to maintain this place. We’re looking at ways to generate more funds and also provide a well-equipped area for the public to enjoy,” said Musa.