Konya, Turkey – Oman shooters are eyeing a strong performance at the Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Konya, Turkey from August 9 to 18.
Oman will compete in four other sports – athletics, cycling, swimming, and weightlifting – but shooting is supposed to be one of their more hopeful events.
The team had their final warm-up sessions in Konya on Monday and are all set for the competitions starting on Wednesday.
A total of 117 shooters from 21 countries will fight for glory in trap and skeet competitions. Eight teams will advance to the next stage and only four teams will progress into the final.
Oman men’s team comprises Salim al Nasiri, Abdullah al Mandhari and Hussein al Shahoumi while women’s team consists of Reem al Hosani and Fakhriya al Jahafia. Marco Conte is the team coach.
The shooters are ready for the challenge, said shooting team manager Muhammad bin Suleiman al Hatali. “The shooting team is in full readiness to participate in the Islamic Solidarity Games, in Turkey, in which our team will participate in the trap and skeet competitions. Our target is to emerge from this tournament with the maximum benefit that will be added to the team shooters,” said al Hatali.
“The absence of rifle and pistol competitions in closed and semi-closed fields will affect our team. Oman shooters have made a name for themselves at these competitions in which our team has a wide experience, ability and skills,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the fifth edition of the Games on August 9