The head of the Cambodia Shooting Federation (CSF) is calling for more people to participate in their shooting competitions and related activities.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the National Shooting Championship 2020, General Meach Sophana, president of CSF, said people who are interested in the sport can join them, showcase their abilities and contribute towards its promotion and development.
The CSF, according to Sophana, has always given the green light to those who like shooting and are interested in the sport.
“If you are really good with firearms, please come and join us. You should not use your gun to threaten people. These competitions are a good time to showcase your shooting abilities,” he stressed.
“This will also help us compete better in national and international shooting competitions,” Sophana added.
During the same gathering, Sophana urged all athletes from relevant ministries and institutions to train more and master the skill for them to be ready to take part in international shooting competitions. He particularly mentioned the upcoming 2023 Southeast Asian Games.
Cambodia is making the extra effort to win medals in the 2023 SEA Games, the first time that Southeast Asia’s biggest sports event will come to Cambodia.
The CSF, according to Sophana, is also working with local and foreign partners to bring in outside experts to help train Cambodian athletes.
The National Shooting Championship 2020 was held from Feb 19 to 20 at the Special Forces 911 Airborne Base in Kandal province. The two-day competition drew more than 40 athletes.
The participants competed in three main events: 50m (.22 long rifle), 25m (.22 long rifle) and 5m to 12m (9mm pistol).
Huot Phos won the first place in the 25, (.22 long rifle), followed by Suon Sareth (2nd) and Im Sotheareak (3rd). In the 50m (.22 long rifle), first place went to Hem Ravy, followed by Kem Sophorn (2nd) and Phal Soththa (3rd).
Det Seiha bagged the first spot in the 5m to 12m (9mm pistol), followed by Vong Sokhavorn (2nd) and Vong Pisey (third).
Sophana, who is also secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior, was instrumental in the revival of the Shooting Federation four years ago.
He and Colonel Thomas Bovet, a long time defence advisor from Germany, worked together to establish the proper guidelines on gun regulations, safety, ownership and responsibilities, paving the way for the resumption of sport shooting in the Kingdom.
Cambodian shooters have performed well in international shooting competitions in the past.
The Kingdom sent a team to compete in the 1996 International Postal Match. The event, which is organised by the American Handgunners magazine, is among the largest and most prestigious shooting competition in the world.
In the 1990s, Cambodian shooters also took part international events in Brazil and Argentina. The Cambodian team won two bronze medals during the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.