PETALING JAYA: Please do not keep us in the dark anymore!
Olympian pistol shooter Johnathan Wong (pic) hopes for transparency and better planning now that the National Shooting Range in Subang is back in operation after a nine-month closure.
The closure has disrupted National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM)’s programme for the national shooters.
Johnathan is looking forward for everything to get back on track again – with the Olympic Games in Tokyo just a year away.
“This year has not been smooth for the shooters. There is still no clear indication given to us on the tournaments we will be competing in,” said Johnathan.
“I hope for better planning and transparency so that we will have a clearer view of what’s ahead of us. It’ll help direct our focus towards our goals.
“For now, I only know that I’ll be most likely competing in the Asian Championship end of this year.
“My goal is to qualify for Tokyo 2020. Local competitions will be a great training ground for continuous improvement.”
Johnathan and others have been training regularly at the shooting range at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil since the closure of the range in Subang.
NSAM executive secretary Hayati Shamsuri said the first two competitions at the range would
be the Selangor Shooting Championship and Malaysian Junior Shooting Championship, which will be held concurrently from July 23-29.
She said they had received the long-awaited firearms licence.
“We’ve shooters from the Armed Forces training in our range since last week,” said Hayati.
“The national team have yet to train because they have to wait for the programme set by the national coach.”
The range, which also serves as the permanent headquarters of
the South-East Asia Shooting Association, came under scrutiny after a 19-year-old student killed himself in a college toilet with a Walther GS pistol in June last year.
The student, a club member, had taken the firearm from the range in Subang.
The clubhouse was subsequently raided and sealed in September last year after it failed to beef up its security measures.
The premises boasts a dozen Olympic-standard shooting range, accommodating all shooting categories.