The Nigeria Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) says no fewer than 46 journalists are participating in the ongoing Second Edition of the National Media Shooting Workshop and Competition.
NSSF spokesperson, Amos Eche, said on Friday in Abuja that the programme was aimed at acquainting journalists with all the techniques, terminologies and rudiments of the sports of shooting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the three-day event is being held at the Nigerian National Shooting Range, Package B, National Stadium Complex, Abuja.
Eche noted that shooting sports had been in existence for over 30 years in Nigeria, and said the participants would be properly introduced to it and be taught all its rudiments.
“The instructors will teach participants all they need to know about the sports and they will be introduced to other members of the federation and other correlating programmes to expect.
“We have a total of 46 sports journalists from across the country, that is, one journalist per state, and other national officials of impeccable history in the media world.
“Participants will be expected to compete in two games – Air Pistol and Air Rifle (10 metres range) – with no gender disparity, after the orientation,” he said.
Eche said the President of the federation and the board of the NSSF appreciated Sports Writers Association (SWAN) for the recognition accorded the federation, especially for the media workshop.
He said the National President of SWAN, Honour Sirawoo , currently attending the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Conference in Ghana, had promised to join the shooting programme before it ended.
“We are set to give the best through this workshop and crest our name in the sand of history.
“We are equally appealing to SWAN’s leadership and its participants to bear with us over the challenges encountered in the area of accommodation.
“We also pray that the synergy we have already built is sustained for greater productivity. Our togetherness doesn’t have to end after the media shooting workshop and competition,” he said.
The event which started on Thursday is expected to end on Sunday.