PETALING JAYA: National shooter Alia Sazana Azahari is on a mission to erase a forgettable World Cup outing in Beijing.
The 25m pistol shooter fared miserably by finishing 54th out of 77 shooters in the competition in China last month when she only managed to score 572 points – 276 in precision and 296 in rapid.
Alia, the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion, is obviously upset over her failure to achieve the target of a top-eight finish. The poor showing also does not augur well in her bid to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Terengganu shooter is determined to redeem herself and has vowed to double her effort during training in Pahang for the third leg of the World Cup in Munich, Germany, from May 24 to 31.
She also competed in the opening leg in New Delhi, India, in February but did not make the final.
Alia, who is currently trained by head coach Park Cheol-wan of South Korea in Pahang, said it was time to re-focus.
“Right now, I’m focused on getting my shooting right for the Germany outing,” said Alia.
She has competed in the World Cup in Germany five times and her best finish was ninth in 2015.
Her best performance in a World Cup was in 2015 when she finished fifth in Changwon, South Korea, in the 25m pistol event.
Alia is training in Pahang because the National Shooting Range in Subang is still not open for use.
“Pahang is an excellent place to prepare because they have lots of shooting ranges,” said Alia.
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) executive secretary Hayati Shamsuri said they still could not host competitions in Subang due to the closure.
They have already postponed the President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy, the first leg of the SportExcel Junior Championships 2019 and the National Championships.
The range has been fenced up as part of police requirements to regulate security at the range in order to get a new licence.
“We are in the process of gazetting the range and armoury. We need to submit the security upgrading report soon,” said Hayati.