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Kenya Shooting team heads out to World Championships

The Kenyan shooting team
  • Kenya has been a member of the IPSC for the last four years
  • The team was flagged off by NOCK boss Paul Tergat
  • They have vowed to finish in a respectable position

Kenya will send a strong team for International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot Championship which will be held in Pattaya, Thailand from November 16- December 4.

The Kenya Sports Shooting federation (KSSF) has selected a strong team with players drawn from various shooting clubs in the country, selected from a rigorous 2022 IPSC league competition that ran monthly from January to October.

This is the first time Kenya will be represented and the men will be looking to pioneer the continent and post good results.

The World Shoot is the pinnacle of the IPSC practical shooting discipline featuring over 3000 competitors and officials drawn from over 100 member countries, making it the largest practical shooting event in the world.

Those representing Kenya Include Ibrahim Ndungu, Robert Nyamongo, Thomas Kiilu, Sammy Onyango, Issa Issa,  Jasmeer Syan, Memba Muriuki,  Wilson Kabugi,  Geoffrey Pesa, Alykhan Keshavjee, Ashish Sennik, Rizvan Abdul and Abdullahi Buthul  and Frank Ambundo

Alykhan Kishavjee, the KSSF Secretary General says the team is ready for competition.

Selected a strong team

“We have selected a team based over merit by over a year. We have also selected shooters from all over Kenya, not only in Nairobi. We are motivated to be flagged off by the NOCK president Paul Tergat and we will fly the Kenyan flag very proudly in Thailand,” he said.

Khishavjee added; “We have had practice every month during the Championships and I believe we are ready to do well.”

NOCK boss Paul Tergat with the shooting team

They were flagged off by NOCK boss Paul Tergat, with the National Olympic body also supplying travelling kits for the selected shooters who will represent the country in Thailand.

“Carrying the flag and wearing the National colors will always be an honor to every sportsperson, and the whole country will be cheering you from home. With your head high and your chest out, participating knowing The World title and qualifying for Olympics is at stake,” Tergat said.

He added; “The World Shoot provides an opportunity for Kenya’s participants to showcase and benchmark their practical shooting skills against the World’s top elite competitors.”

IPSC shooting started four years ago

Since inception of the IPSC shooting discipline in Kenya about 4 years ago, the membership has grown in leaps and bounds over the last two years with most shooting clubs in the country including members of the Disciplined forces enthusiastically embracing the Sport.

During this period, competitors have also had the opportunity to   gain exposure at various local and international competitions. In recognition of this progress, the IPSC World governing body granted Kenya the privilege to host a regional Level 3 event featuring international participants earlier in the year, and which was graced by the IPSC President.

Alongside this, will be an Annual General Assembly which will see regional directors attend. Kenya will have its first ever representation by the Secretary General. The meeting will also have internal courses which will be exclusively held including the level five course.

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