Izazi: Friday sessions making up for lost time

Eager for action: Nur Izazi Rosli has only taken part in two tournaments before all sport events were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

PETALING JAYA: Nothing beats the Friday joy for national rifle shooter Nur Izazi Rosli.

It’s the only day in a week when she gets to strut her stuff in a mini competition held at the National Sports Council (NSC) shooting range in Bukit Jalil.

The 19-year-old Izazi said the Friday sessions had made up for their lack of competitions this year.

She has only taken part in two tournaments – the Selangor Shooting Championship in February and President Ally T.H. Ong Trophy in March – before all sport events were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Every Friday in Bukit Jalil, we try to create a competitive environment similar to what we go through at the Subang Shooting Range. We even play music to test our concentration,” said Nur Izazi.

“It’s good that we have some exposure via this weekly mini competitions although the feeling is quite different from the actual competitions.

“After two months of training, including the weekly shootouts against my teammates, my technique has improved,” she said.

Nur Izazi, who won the 10m air rifle gold in the Selangor meet, is currently training with veteran rifle shooter Nur Suryani Taibi and new recruits Haritz Iklil Hessly Hafiz and Sharifah Noor Elyana Syed Abdul Hamid.

“Suryani is an experienced shooter who has taken part in the Olympics. So in training, I am learning from her,” said Nur Izazi.

“Right now, we are working hard at the range to get ready for next year’s competitions.”

It is learnt that the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) have submitted their standard operating procedures for competitions to be held at the Subang Shooting Range but they have yet to get an approval from the National Security Council.

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