Shillong: Meghalaya won 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze in the just concluded 7th NE Zonal Shooting Championship which is held in the 4th Assam Police Battalion, Shooting Ranges, Kahilipara, Guwahati, Assam from 19th August 2019 till 23rd August 2019.
242 participants took part as Target Shooters. The Shooting Association of Meghalaya (SAM) was qualified and sent 23 shooters (9 Women shooters & 14 Men) including three junior shooters.
The winners from Meghalaya were:
- Balarishisha Rani – Gold in 25M Sports pistol (Women Senior)
- Balarishisha Rani – Bronze in 10M Air pistol (Women Senior)
- Anjali Singh – Bronze in 10 M Air Rifle in MQS event Women
- Shirley M. Kharbuli – Silver in 25M Sports pistol (Women Junior)
- Pynkhraw Kharshiing – Silver in 25M Center fire pistol (Men senior)
- Walsall M. Momin – Bronze in 25M Center fire pistol (Men senior)
- . 3. Toiabha Mylliempdah – Gold in 25M Sports pistol (Women Junior)
- Uttam Sinha – Silver in 10M Air rifle ( Men junior)
- Dennyson Kyrsian – Gold in 50M peep sight (Men Junior).
Out of these winners, Balarishisha Rani, Anjali Singh, Toiabha Mylliempdah, Shirley M. Kharbuli, Pynkhraw Kharshiing, Uttam Sinha, Dennyson Kyrsian, reached the National Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS)] and qualified for games at the National level especially the National Shooting Championship competition (63rd NSCC) which will be held at Bhopal on November, 2019.
This win proves that Meghalaya is not lacking in Shooter talents and to take this kind of sport further and higher the State needs to provide infrastructure especially that are conducive for practice. As of now the shooters had to depend on the mercy of Assam Regimental Center, (ARC) with all the time limits they have to comply with. This is a big hurdle that the Shooting Association of Meghalaya longed to get rid of sooner than later.
Besides, the SAM also is in need to immediately procure effective and more shooting materials like pistol and rifle in order to maximize the shooting talents and their quality. The management also eye on the upcoming National Games 2022 which will be hosted by Meghalaya.