The sport of shooting is starting to make an impact in Jordan, with the country’s top shooters hoping that the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku next month can show that they have what it takes to compete with the best.
Success has started to come at the Arab level recently, and the coach who is preparing his delegation for Azerbaijan believes that they are ready to make another step up.
“We have been training very hard since we confirmed our participation,” said Mohammad Al Khalayleh.
“We are focusing on techniques and shooting skills. Baku will be a great opportunity for us to prove ourselves, and prepare well for the next championships as we hope to show we are capable of reaching the next Olympics at Tokyo 2020.”
Raed Al Qurashi is one of those shooters showing improvements and believes Baku will provide a stiff learning curve.
“We are in a training camp now and totally focused,” said Al Qurashi.
“Sessions have been intensive as we know some of the best shooters in the world will be competing in Baku.”
Sameera Al Bataineh already owns a track record, having won bronze in the recent Arab Championships.
“I am thinking of only gold at the moment,” she said.
“I want to be successful and show that I am improving all the time and the only way to do that is to win.” In total, Jordan is sending Al Qurashi, Abdullah Al Bataineh and Al Bataineh to compete in the 10m air pistol.
The team will be lead by coach Al Khalayleh and Re-loader Shaher Al Sqour.