KARACHI: Pakistan’s Olympics shooter Khurram Inam has called for chalking out a long-term plan to help sharp shooters achieve better results in major events like Olympics and Asian Games.
“Look at the Indian shooters. They made it to the medal table because millions of rupees have been invested in providing them various facilities,” he said here on Friday on his return from London.
“If only 10 per cent of the hockey budget is allocated for the shooters, they will produce better results at least at the Asian level in the next four years,” remarked Khurram, who finished 28th in the field of 36 shooters at the Royal Barracks Range in London with score of 112/125.
“I am not satisfied with my performance. But keep it in mind that I have achieved it without any help from any foreign coach.
This is a sport of precision and without scientific training and coaching, it is very difficult to make any progress,” he commented.
“Whatever I have achieved reflects my personal efforts and support of my coach Razi Ahmed Khan. But without foreign coach you cannot achieve international standard,” said the marksman.
Khurram said that he was ranked below 100 in the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF) ranking, but achieved better results than some of the top-ranked marksmen.
“I cannot devote full time to the sports, since I am not a professional shooter,” said Khurram, who made South Asian record with a score of 123/125 in 2002, adding that skeet medal winners in the London Olympics are all top professionals.
The marksman said the country can do better in the Asian Games and other continental events through long-term planning and availability of adequate funds to the National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP). —APP