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CWG 2018: Kenya Shooting Trio Set For Australia Camp

Team Kenya full bore shooter, Sanford Otundo, of the General Service Unit at a past shooting competition. He is among the three marksmen set for a Commonwealth Shooting Federation training camp in Gold Coast, Australia. PHOTO/SPN
Team Kenya full bore shooter, Sanford Otundo, of the General Service Unit at a past shooting competition. He is among the three marksmen set for a Commonwealth Shooting Federation training camp in Gold Coast, Australia. PHOTO/SPN

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya will send three marksmen for the full-bore shooting training camp that will run from October 28 to November 8 in Gold Coast, Australia, in the build-up of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

General Service Unit duo of three-time Kenya Open champion, Christopher Saina and his colleague, Sanford Otundo who is a two-time winner as well as John Ihugo (Kenya Police Service/Railways) will travel for the camp.

“It will be an opportunity for us to familiarize ourselves with the range and rules of the competition ahead of the actual showpiece next year.

“It is also a great chance for trigger pullers to sharpen their skills as they exchange ideas with other participants,” the seasoned Saina remarked.

However, it was not good news for former Police Service shooting champion, Philip Kipchumba and Simon Ndambuki who are also in the national team but will not make the trip to Australia.

Budget constraints

Ndambuki, an Inspector of Police and Kipchumba, a Corporal at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, were initially included in the travelling party but according to the national full-bore shooting captain, Wilberforce Karema, financial constraints saw them miss out.

“Such training is important for our shooters. Our desire was to send five but unfortunately, our budgets could not allow,” Karema emphasised.

He challenged the trio to step up their game in the camp with Kenya due to only send two shooters for the April 4 to 15 Club Games next year.

The 12-day Australia camp is organized by the Commonwealth Shooting Federation.

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