SHILLONG, Dec 01: It is the love of the game that brings the best out of a person and rightly so, the Meghalaya Rifles and Shooting Association has not only revived the game of shooting in the state but is also working as the much needed platform for the talented and financially challenged youths to come, train and hit the bulls’ eye of success.
Shooting which is otherwise a very expensive sport had its initial days of emergence in the state, however with hardly any takers the game was slowly fading away.
It was the collaborated effort of few shooting enthusiast who formed the Meghalaya Rifles and Shooting Association and thereon took the sports further. The association has also produced four shooters of repute in the National Arena. However, the Association though registered is yet to be recognized by the National Rifle Association of India.
Brigadier (retd) WR Sturgeon said, “Shooting was slowly fading away in the state and so we formed an association and tried to take it further. We have conducted over five championships and produced four champions, however unfortunately we are yet to be recognised by the NRAI though we are registered as a society”.
Understanding very well that shooting is an expensive sport and that the state is blessed with talented shooters, especially those from the rural area, the association trains young boys and girls who cannot afford the cost required to take up shooting free of cost without any fees.
“We conduct training for young boys and girls who cannot afford shooting as it is very expensive and we do not take any fees,” said Sturgeon.
He further informed that the game over the years has developed and the participation at the various competitions has increased.
The initiative taken by the Meghalaya Rifles and Shooting Association to popularize the sport of shooting in the state is yet just another example of how the dices can role in the right direction if collaborated and sustained efforts are put in to a cause that is closer to the heart.