PETALING JAYA: Alia Sazana Azahari is aiming at a spot in the final of the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
The 25m pistol shooter wants to do better than her 23rd-placed performance in the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi in February. Only the top eight shooters qualify for the final.
“I definitely want to do better in Beijing. My aim is to get into the final and also improve on my score,” said Alia.
Even though the National Shooting Range in Subang is still fenced up as part of police requirements to regulate security at the complex, the 27-year-old said she is doing the best she can to prepare for the event which starts from April 16-24.
“Training is going on. Even though the main range is closed, there are other alternatives.”
Alia, who won the SEA Games gold in 2015 and 2017 and bronze in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, said the lack of competitions, especially at home had put a dent on her preparations.
“But we need to keep going. You need as much exposure as possible to be a strong shooter,” said Alia.
“That is why the World Cup helps me feel competitive.”
The first local competition – President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy – had to be postponed as the association has yet to receive approval from the police to use the range in Subang.