Meghalaya’s first indoor shooting range inaugurated

Meghalaya’s first indoor shooting range inaugurated
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma inaugurating shooting range in Shillong on Wednesday.
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 4 | Publish Date: 11/4/2020 1:07:02 PM IST

The first 10 meter indoor precision shooting range for pistol and rifle target shooting sports of the Shooting Association of Meghalaya (SAM) was inaugurated by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday.

Congratulating the members of SAM for this great initiative, Sangma said that all things start from small steps and this was one important step in the development of shooting sports in the state.

“Such facilities will greatly encourage more young people to follow their passion and aide existing sports shooters to hone their skills in the sport,” the Chief Minister said in the presence of Sports and Youth Affairs minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh and members of the SAM.

 “I congratulate the Shooting Association of Meghalaya for this milestone. It’s an effort that has been put in by all of you and it just shows the kind of passion that all of you share for this sport. If you take into consideration the entire North East, the youth from our State are especially talented when it comes to shooting and we can really push this to make it a competitive sport that our youth can excel in,” the chief minister said even as he lauded the effort of the Shooting Association in setting up the facility.

Highlighting the importance of sports in the overall growth and development of children and young people, the chief minister said, “I’ve always been a strong believer that sports is a very important aspect of growth and development of a person and it extends well beyond just physical benefits. It inculcates good qualities of discipline, hard work and focus in us making us more productive and transforming us into a better person”.

Stating that the youth of the State are naturally talented and gifted, the chief minister also said that the State government has embarked on a mission to give adequate thrust to youth centric programmes and policies to create opportunities and help young people realize their full potential in activities concerning various fields.

As part of the Government’s support towards this initiative, the Chief Minister also announced an amount of Rs 5 lakh to the Shooting Association of Meghalaya (SAM) which is half the amount of the expenditure incurred in preparing the indoor range.

In the course of his address, sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh said, “Meghalaya is a treasure trove of untapped natural sporting talent and it is necessary to promote and nurture them in the interest of producing the best sportspersons in the state.”

SAM president, John F Kharshiing thanked the Chief Minister for the support to target shooting sports and stated that since affiliation by the National Rifle Association  of India, Delhi, in 2012 and affiliation by MSOA in 2015 the activities since 2012 and 2015 has seen  SAM shooters participate in the North East Zonal and National Championships.

John F Kharshiing, president, SAM, thanked all members and shooters of SAM for their contribution in making it a reality. SAM  also specially thanked officers of the  Assam Regimental Center, the 56, Gurkha Training Center (GTC), and the Meghalaya  Police, for their continued support in facilitating the shooters of the State by allowing SAM to utilize their integrated ranges. 

He also informed that during 2017 in the North East Zone, the total participants were 222 and the SAM contigent comprised 33 shooters out of which 22 bagged medals, stating that this was a significant development as the North East consisted of Assam and Manipur which already had solid infrastructure and skills.

After opening the indoor range, the Chief Minister and the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister  witnessed a demonstration by two ‘renowned shot’ shooters of SAM namely Hirley Kharbuli, and Anjali Singh, after which the Chief Minister also tried his skills in target shooting.

The SAM is also privileged to have a total of 7(seven) renowned shots besides the above two women there is Balarishisha Rani (2019), Denyson Kyrsain,(2018), Nengboi Kigpen(2018) and Gayatri Nair(2017) and many others who are yet to be tapped. 

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