Musa insists shooting can be done within range of safety


  • Shooting
  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) committee member Datuk Musa Omar feels that their sport should be allowed to resume under the conditional movement control order.

Under the order, sports activities that involve close contact such as football, rugby, swimming and indoor sports will not be allowed. Only outdoor activities that do not require close contact or mass gatherings will be permitted.

Since shooting falls under indoor sports, they cannot resume training at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil or at the National Shooting Range in Subang.

But Musa contended that the sport has always practised social distancing.

“In all indoor range, there is a one-metre space between each bay. We understand the worry over social distancing but shooting has always adhered to that.”

He added that he is trying to convince the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the NSC to let the shooters practise at the range and to hold competitions behind closed doors.

“The main challenge now is to tell people, especially the authorities, how shooting can work during this scenario,” he said.

“A competition can be done safely if we follow the standard operating procedure. We will only let shooters and their coaches on the field. No spectators.

“Distancing will be practised and there will be no overcrowding ... we have always done this before so it’s not something new to us.

“I’m part of the competition and training committee, and I want to help the game restart soonest possible with proper measures.

“I understand the government’s concern but rest assured we are more than prepared to handle this in a safe and conducive environment.”
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