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Mhow Army shooters excel at Commonwealth Games

THE TEAM of shooters of Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) returned to Mhow after winning medals in the shooting competitions at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 14:18 IST

THE TEAM of shooters of Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) returned to Mhow after winning medals in the shooting competitions at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The team has returned to Mhow after taking part in a number of international competitions. They were felicitated at a programme organisd at the 50-meter shooting range of the AMU. Infantry School Commandant Lt Gen Satyevir Yadav was the chief guest of the function.

The shooters who were felicitated were Subedar Pemba Tamang and Naib/Subedar Vijay Kumar who had won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Both the army shooters surpassed the previous games’ records and Naib/Subedar Vijay Kumar established new Commonwealth record by scoring 581 out of 600 points.

Lt Gen Yadav spoke to them to boost their morale. In an informal talk with them, he said that the players must work hard in their practice keeping their targets in front. He told them that funds would not be a problem and he would arrange all it for the shooters.

AMU Commanding Officer Col IJ Peoples said that the AMU shooters Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Major Saroja Kumari also won gold medals at the games. He further said that in the recently held masters championship and selection trails by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), 23 army shooters were selected to participate in various international events scheduled to be held in May-June.

He also said that the recent high-level performance of the shooters had motivated the young shooters of AMU to excel and construction of the world class shooting ranges in Mhow will certainly enhance the performance of the Army shooters both at national and international events.

Subedar Pemba Tamang, Naib/Subedar Ram Kishan and Naib/Subedar Vijay Kumar are now all set to put up a good performance at the forthcoming competitions in Munich (Germany) and Milan (Italy) with an aim to win Olympic quota. 

Infantry School deputy commandant Maj Gen Rana, Station commander Brig SS Jog, Brig SC Upreti, Brig JS Dalal and a large number of officers, JCOs and Jawans were also present on the occasion.