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Published On: Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018

NSF trains journalists on shooting, reportage

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By Amaechi Agbo

The Nigeria Shooting Federation, NSF, will today bring to an end its three-day workshop geared towards training journalists on shooting and reportage of the sport.
Organised by the federation at its headquarters in Package B of the Abuja National Stadium, Abuja, th workshop saw tens of journalists across media divides in attendance.
Tagged “Maiden Edition of Media Shooting and Workshop Competition,” the journalists were trained on various aspect of shooting such as paint ball, air rifle and laser run game.
Speaking to our correspondent at the end of yesterday’s training exercise, a journalist participant, Mr Favour Itua of Comfort Radio, Uyo, Akwa Ibaom State, described the workshop as the best thing to have happened in the shooting sport.
Mr Itua who described the experience as electrifying, expressed his wish to represent Nigeria someday in shooting if the opportunity comes.
“I came here all the way from Uyo because I see that this federation wants to make shooting a recognised sport in Nigeria and they have got this prospect of coming out top in each competitions they participated in such as the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics and called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to do more to support shooting sport in the country.
“The experience here is electrifying. From the first day we arrived here, we were introduced to different segments of the game such as air rifle, the laser run, gun rifle and also the ranges at which you can shoot. It shows that the federation is organised.
“In terms of weaponry, they have a lot that can be used to train a lot of shooters in the country. The workshop exposed us to a whole lot like paint ball where you have to shoot at your opponents. I have gotten the experience in terms of covering the sports and I will not be scared when they say shoot because I know what it entails in the sport.
“I would love to be a member of the federation but I have to consider my job but if the need be for me to represent Nigeria in shooting someday, I would love to do that.
“With this kind of event shooting has a bright future in Nigeria. From 2014 when they went for the African Championship in Cairo, Egypt to the tournament in Glasgow, Scotland, it has a bright future.
“I call on the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Bar. Solomon Dalung to give more support to shooting sport because they have prospect of winning medals. Shooting alone presents Nigeria with the opportunity of 34 medals which if well-sponsored, can give Nigeria 20 medals minimum. I believe that with time, things will go well for shooting because it is a sport that has come to stay,” he said.
Also speaking, a board member of the NSF, Mr Madu Abdul said the idea of the media workshop is to train the journalists in shooting and also let them tell the world what has been happening in shooting sport in the country.
Mr Abdul who is athletes’ representative in the board enumerated tournaments lined up for the shooting federation to include Commonwealth Games in April, World Cups in Germany, China and South Korea as well as African Championship in April. He also expressed satisfaction on the participation of the journalist in the workshop which he said is impressive.
“The idea of bringing the journalists out to come and see the weapons and gadgets we have here, is for them to tell the whole world our story. To tell the world that shooting is not what they think about it. That shooting is everybody’s game. Anybody can shoot.
“We have athletes all over the security agencies, even in the universities who compete to win luarels for Nigeria.
“Even some of you here, handling weapons for the first time, you did very well. You were impressive. The technical crew has selected three or four of you that we will imbibe into the federation.
“We have capable people that will represent the country and they are enough. The reason you see competition during training and camping is because all the shooters are very good that at a point you don’t even know who to choose due to the fact that all their points are Olympics points.
“We are expecting the Commonwealth Games, African Championship, World Cups in Germany, China and South Korea. Commonwealth Games is in April, World Cup in Germany is in June while South Korea World Cup will hold in November this year.
“We are very much prepared because we have weapons that we collected from Kaduna State Sports Council and the ones we collected from the Defence Headquarters – it was sent by the International Military Sports Federation. So with these weapons, we are fully ready, “ he said.
A total of 45 journalists from print, electronic and new media participated in the workshop with different awards to be given to deserving participants/shooters.
The three-day workshop which started on Tuesday will be rounded off today. Dignitaries expected to grace the day include the Minister of Youth and Sports Development,. bar. Solomon Dalung; Military Heads of Services, Chief of Defence, Director of Grassroots Sports, Director of Federations, among others.

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