NSSF conducts AGM; aims to hold local events soon

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 21 2020

The National Shooting Sport Federation of Sri Lanka (NSSF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2020 at the Mega Pharma Auditorium in Kohuwala on 28 August. Affiliates of NSSF also participated. 

Commenting on the AGM, Gamini Costa, the Project Officer for shooting sports (representing the Ministry of Sports as an observer), stated that proceedings went off smoothly without any hindrance.

“The AGM was conducted smoothly and the account reports and the annual report tabled were adopted and approved without any objections. 

As usual, it’s an overwhelming sight for any officer from the Ministry of Sport to come in as an observer of one of its affiliated bodies, which maintains good relationship among themselves and upholds camaraderie,” Costa said.

NSSF too was one of the sports bodies highly affected by COVID-19 and the calendar for 2020, which had 10 local and 11 international meets, was limited to only one international event this year. 

NSSF President Shirantha Peries was optimistic that the current developments taking place post-COVID era, would ideally give them hope of conducting at least the most important local events lined up for 2020. 

“The final decisions on the events that would happen during the remainder of this year will be taken at the relevant committee meetings. We can guarantee that shooting events will happen and the final list of events will be revealed very soon,” he stated. Among the 10 local meets planned were four Rifle, Pistol and Air Gun competitions (at the SLNS Gemunu Range in Welisara), with the remaining six - all Trap and Skeet Shot Gun competitions - slotted to be held at the Shooting Range in Payagala. A post-COVID revival event was held on 15 August for members of Clay Target Shooting Club of Colombo. 

The Sports Ministry official assured that he would do his utmost to ensure that NSSF obtains a national shooting range, a venture initiated by the incumbent President Peries in 2015, and which is at a standstill. 

NSSF President stated that they are now more focused on getting the shooters and activities back on track. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 21 2020

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