Bangladesh inagurates modern shooting range

28th National Championship commences

Staff Correspondent

Shooters have a go after the Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation inaugurated a modern 10-metre air rifle range at the National Shooting Complex on Thursday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Shooting Sports Federation on Thursday inaugurated an international standard 10-metre air-rifle range at the National Shooting Complex with a hope of facilitating the shooters to perform better in the forthcoming international competitions.
Federation paid respect to its first president late Hesham Uddin by naming the newly re-constructed 10-metre range after him.
With the help of National Sports Council, BSSF took the initiative to mordernise the complex in the coming days, said BSSF officials during the inauguration of the range.
Commerce minister Tofael Ahmed, who was present on the occasion as the chief guest, also inaugurated the 28th National Shooting Championship simultaneously.
The BSSF also honoured five former shooting organisers—late Hesham Uddin, late Jamaluddin Ahmed, late Mehedi Ali Imam, late Kazi Monruzzaman and Muyeed Chowdhury—for their huge contribution in the sport.
Each of them was awarded gold medal and Tk 25,000.
Tofael promised to extend financial support for all the sports of the country in future and also urged the corporate houses to come forward to do that.
‘Not only shooting but government will also provide more financial support to all sports. It is very much encouraging that more than 300 shooters including male and female are participating in this competition,’ said the minister.
‘I would like to request all the corporate houses to come forward to provide their support for the sports.’
Salman F Rahman, vice-chairman of the sponsor Beximco Group, gave importance to training and coaching during his speech.
Intekhabul Hamid, secretary general of shooting sports federation said they will mordernise 20-metre and 50-metre range to international standard by November 16.
Hamid also expressed his gratitude to government for providing support as the government sanctioned Tk 10 crore for developing five rifle clubs in five different districts.
A total of 310 male and female shooters from across the country are taking part in 23 different events of National Championship, scheduled to continue until August 31.

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