Daddy has Luthfi gunning for more


  • Shooting
  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2020

Top gun: Mohd Luthfi Othman posing with the wooden rifle made by his father.

PETALING JAYA: A father’s love is something special – especially if the father is a MacGyver-style handyman.

National shooter Mohd Luthfi Othman can testify to that.

Realising that Luthfi needs to have a feel of a rifle or at least some “dryfire” practice, his father Othman Masrom has built him a gun out of wood, which is identical to the shape and weight of the rifle he uses in competitions and training.

The former army staff sergeant built the rifle using wood and pipe, to resemble the .22 smallbore rifle.

And Luthfi is happy with it.

“It is not a real weapon, I cannot shoot with it,” joked Luthfi.

“But I am doing endurance training, which is also known as ‘dry fire’ training. At least, I can continue training and be prepared for any tournament once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

“This is to ensure I do not lose my body posture,” said Luthfi, the youngest of seven siblings.

The 25-year-old said he was getting used to training programmes given by the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) and the National Sports Council (NSC) but has added some jogging to his daily workout.

He said that when the movement control order (MCO) was made conditional, he decided to go out and get some fresh air.

“I jog every day for almost an hour. I can enjoy the scenic sights around my housing area.

“For now, we have not received any updates from NSC or NSAM on training or competitions. I know some athletes have been allowed to train under the Road to Tokyo programme.

“To allow the shooters to return, it has to be discussed because I feel we are not only going to train, but it also involves our accommodation and logistics.”

For now, Luthfi is enjoying his time playing games and helping his mother cook.

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Mohd Lutfi Othman , Shooting , Malaysia

   

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