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SPORTS

Shooters impress with skills at Dry run marking countdown to the IDPA African Championships

UNIQUE SPORTS By Caroline Obuya | August 1st 2021
`Safety officer Irene Wanjiku issues instructions to a shooter at the Tier 1 match at Kirigiti shooting rang. [Photo: Caroline Obuya/Standard]

It was a battle for the finest in various divisions over the weekend as Kenya’s IDPA national team conducted a dry run for the upcoming continental championship scheduled to take place at the Kirigiti shooting range from the 2nd to 5th of September.

The Tier 1 match attracted 100 sports shooters who registered to take part in the contest and among them were 26 ladies and over 40 officers drawn from the disciplined forces.

“Today’s shoot is a countdown to the African champs that will be happening in about 30 days. This is the main event before the championship and the turnout has been great.”

“We are expecting nothing less than 200 shooters in the championship. Said National Gun Owners Association (NGAO-K) chairman Martin Chengo.

According to Chengo, around 30 international shooters have confirmed participation in the championship, among them - 15 from South Africa, 4 from Asia, 2 from USA and 1 from Switzerland. The list could increase as they are expecting more entries before the D-day

“The Firearms Licensing Board has been very cooperative in terms of import/export permits, and even temporary permits for both local and international shooters. Everything is set to go.” Confirmed Chengo.

According to the Match Director for the IDPA African championship 2021 Eng. Sammy Onyango, capacity building for the event will still be ongoing before kick off on the 2nd of September.

“Besides registration to take part in the championship, there has been an increase in the number of licensed firearm holders who want to improve their proficiency. We shall run a safety officers class and conduct regular group trainings before the event.”  Onyango said.

“I would like to assure all our international participants that the Kenyan government has taken all precautions necessary to ensure that covid19 matters are taken into account.”

“Through the Ministry of Health; we have trained 115 of our own members who are now trainers of trainers in covid19 awareness.” Onyango disclosed.

Discipline Forces member Nick Mijema in action after reloading magazine. [Photo: Caroline Obuya/Standard]

The Saturday fixture which was conducted under strict adherence to covid19 protocols saw both seasoned shooters and new entrants strive to outclass each other in different scenarios on 10 Courses of fire with a round count of 200.

RESULTS

DIVISION WINNERS

SSP HIGH - Mohammad Omar

ESP HIGH - Sammy Onyango

CCP HIGH - Peter Njoroge

  CO HIGH - Tony Karanja

PCC HIGH - Geoffrey Pesa

 

SSP DIVISION

SSP MASTER CLASS

                 - Mohammad Omar

SSP EXPERT CLASS

                 - Memba Muriuki

                 - Wilson Kabugi

                 - Morris Muriithi

 

SSP SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

                 - Peter Muli       

                 - Joshua Vundi

                 - Amos Mathenge

 

SSP MARKSMAN CLASS

                 - Pravir Vora 

                 - Alex Onyapidi           

                 - Irene Wanjiku  

 

SSP NOVICE CLASS

                 - Priscilla Mburu

                 - Joseph Kiragu

                 - Alice Njuguna

 

ESP DIVISION

ESP MASTER CLASS

                 - Sammy Onyango      

                 - Eric Wachira

 

ESP EXPERT CLASS

                 - Anthony Wahome

                 - Samuel Chacha

                 - Mike Kiptanui

 

ESP SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

                 - Peter Mwangi

                 - Moses Rono

                 - MohammadNoor Ahmed

 

ESP MARKSMAN CLASS

                 - Issa Issa

                 - Satnam Channa

                 - John Kyalo

 

CCP DIVISION

CCP EXPERT CLASS

                 - Thomas Kiilu

 

CCP SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

                 - Peter Njoroge

                 - Martin Chengo

                 - Gikonyo Mwangi

 

CCP MARKSMAN CLASS

                 - Orlando Lyomu

                 - Said Mohamed           

                 - Robert Kibutiri

 

CCP NOVICE CLASS

                 - Patrick Makau

                 - Shabram Athman

 

CO DIVISION

CO EXPERT CLASS

                 - Tony Karanja

 

CO SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

                 - Sunny Syan  

 

PCC DIVISION

PCC EXPERT CLASS

                 - Geoffrey Pesa

 

PCC SHARPSHOOTER CLASS

                 - Sylvester Gitau

                 - Elizabeth Onyango

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CATEGORY

                 - Daniel Mutiso

                 - Samuel Chacha

                 - Peter Muli

 

MILITARY CATEGORY

                 - Irene Ndunda

                 - Brenda Ajiambo

                 - John Njenga

 

LADIES CATEGORY

                 - Elizabeth Onyango     

                 - Belinda Akoth      

                 - Irene Wanjiku

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