PETALING JAYA: National rifle shooter Mohd Ezuan Nasir Khan (pic) is headed for the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi – but he wants to take the long way round and make a stop in Germany first.
The 30-year-old, who has always dreamt of training at the Heinz Reinkemeier Rifle Training Centre in Dortmund, said he is currently in talks with Koperasi Tanjung Keramat to fund a short training stint there.
He said the group is sponsoring his trip to New Delhi but he is hoping they could help him have his preparations in Germany.
“I am hoping to train there at the end of February, before flying to India for the World Cup, which starts on March 16, ” said the gold medallist in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
“I didn’t have the means to go to Germany last year, and that affected my performance. With the help of a specialist in Dortmund, I would have improved.
“I hope to go there for a short stint. At the moment, I am doing this on my own because my schedule for 2020 has not been confirmed by the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) and National Sports Council (NSC).”
Ezuan admitted that the year 2019 had been challenging due to his father’s passing, lack of funds and unsatisfactory results throughout the year.
For 2020, he is only looking to improve his form and ensure that he remains one of the top rifle shooters in the country.
He even admitted that he is not thinking about the “wildcard” spot for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“I am not even thinking about the Games. My aim is to only improve my shooting and regain my confidence.
“I believe some foreign expertise will help improve my technique. The training centre in Dortmund has facilities which assess an athlete’s rifle and how it can adapt to the dynamics of the shooter.
“My rifle is from there, and I am sure they can fix my stance. A lot of Asian countries are sending their shooters there. The last SEA Games saw the emergence of Indonesian and Thailand shooters because they were sent overseas for training stints.”
Ezuan said a post-mortem meeting of their SEA Games performance last year would be conducted on Jan 21, and he hopes it will lead to solutions instead of arguments.
“At the end of the day, we want to look at what is best for our shooters. The debacle in Manila was a wake-up call for many. We will learn from this.”
The shooting team’s failure to win gold in the SEA Games was criticised by many, as nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore are moving forward while Malaysia have regressed. The team only won two silvers and three bronzes in the Philippines.
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