AL AIN, The UAE Shooting and Archery Federation will inaugurate the "Year of Zayed Shotgun 2018 Championship" on Friday morning.

The official training of the clay pigeon shooters from towers (Skeet) will be held at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, while the tournament that is attracting 40 competitors and is representing various clubs and sports bodies, will last until 14th May.

The championship is considered a very important event as the first activity on the current agenda of the new federation, which extends until 2020 in clay pigeon shooting, that represents an achievement mine for the UAE shooting sport. In addition, this tournament will bear the name of the UAE's inspiring leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The championship will usher the beginning of a new era that will witness a qualitative leap in the federation's activities and its various competitions, the handgun, gun, clay pigeon, and archery, to safeguard achievements and gains obtained and work hard to achieve more victories.

The first round of the Skeet Tournament will be launched on Friday. The main competitors are the national team stars, including H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Saif bin Futais, Mohammed Hussein, Khaled Al Zarif, Rashid Al Balushi, Mubarak Al Mansouri, Salem Al Mazroui, Faris Al Mazroui, Bikheet Al Hamli and Saranov Yuri.

The Skeet Tournament will continue till Saturday, with three rounds on Friday and two more rounds including the final on Saturday. The six best shooters will qualify on the basis of the World Shotgun Federation's rules. The tournament will be managed and ruled by a team of seven referees, led by Hassan Al Shehhi, Arkan Al Amiri, Masoud Al Isaei, Badr Al Hammadi, Khaled Al Maalami, Youssef Khalfan and Rajaa Faisal.

Commenting on the launch of the championship, which represents the first activity of clay pigeons shooting, Major-General Rashid Khamis bin Aber Al Hamli, President of the Federation, welcomed the participants, stressing the federation's keenness to support the event and develop the game in general, besides qualifying administrators, referees, trainers and shooters, so that all elements can be developed to promote the UAE national sport.

Al Hamli pointed out that the Federation will work hard through the current season activities to discover new talents to expand the team of existing shooters. "The federation will provide them and their peers with all the possible support and means to achieve the national hopes of the UAE sport," he said.

On the other hand, the formal training for trap pit shooters will be organised on Saturday, while each shooter will participate in three rounds on Sunday with a total of 75 clays, then to shoot 50 clays on Monday. The six best shooters will be qualified for the trophy, medals and prizes. In addition, the organising committee has allocated cash prizes for the national team and the other players.

Source: Emirates News Agency