NOC-K President Dr. Paul Tergat has flagged off the Kenya Sports Shooting Federation (KSSF), shooting team that will be representing Kenya at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot (Championship) in Pattaya, Thailand starting from the 16th November to 4th December 2022.
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. This growth has earned the Practical Shooting discipline an Observer status at the International Olympic Committee with a view to its future adoption as an Olympic sport.
The athletes are drawn from various shooting clubs across the country, and were competitively selected following a rigorous 2022 IPSC league competition that ran monthly from January to October under the auspices of the Kenya Sports Shooting Federation.
Speaking during the flag-handover, the President spoke on the importance of discipline and focus as they depart.
“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.” He spoke.
“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.”
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
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 himself.
This is the first time Kenya will be represented and the men will be looking to pioneer the continent and post good results as they travel in squads come 15th November 2022.
Alongside this, will be an Annual General Assembly which will see regional directors attend. Kenya will have its first ever representation by Alykhan Keshavjee, KSSF Secretary General. The meeting will also have internal courses which will be exclusively held including the level five course.