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24 October, 2021
A shooting event in progress
A shooting event in progress

The National Shooting Sport Federation of Sri Lanka (NSSF) will end its competition drought of almost two years with at least four competitions running towards the end of the year.

Three of them will be competitions that are held annually at national level while the return of events will be with the Athugala Youth and Junior Air Gun Championship, which will be conducted under the supervision of NSSF.

The other three competitions in line are the NSSF Trap Nationals, the NSSF Skeet Nationals and the inaugural NSSF Open Air Gun Championship, the country’s first-ever such competition to be conducted with electronic targets.

The event to be conducted by the Athugala Shooting Sports Club, will be the first of its kind, being the inaugural competition dedicated to Youth and Junior shooters of the country. This will be held from October 22 to 26 at the Athugala Air Gun Range in Uhumeeya, Kurunegala.

The age groups for shooters under-18 years falls to the Youth category and those who are under-21 years will come under the Junior category. Event segments will include Air Rifle and Air Pistol for male and female under both Youth and Junior.

The top six shooters of each of the four categories will be considered for national Youth and Junior pools provided they achieve the NSSF minimum qualifying standards, stipulated by the organisers.

This will be followed by the NSSF Trap Nationals 2021 and the NSSF Skeet Nationals 2021, two of the most significant shotgun events at national level. The NSSF Trap Nationals will be held from November 4 to 7 while the NSSF Skeet Nationals from November 19 to 21 at the Clay Target Shooting Club of Colombo range based in Payagala.

In-between, the NSSF will remain busy with its inaugural Open Air Gun Championship, Sri Lanka’s first ever contest conducted with electronic targets. The event will be held from November 10 to 14 at the NSSF Electronic Target Range in Kohuwala, inaugurated by the president, Shirantha Peries and his team.