Kenya has continued with its preparations to host the upcoming Africa shooting championships in September after being given a clean bill of health to proceed with the same by International Defensive Pistol Association[IDPA]
The IDPA’s Contact in Africa Dr Vivian Whatley who toured the 14 bay Kirigiti shooting range in March this year noted he was impressed with Kenya’s state of preparedness to host the championship.
“I’m here to promote IDPA in Kenya and by extension the upcoming African championship set to be held in Kenya.”
“All stages meet the IDPA requirements; the side walls and backstops are very good and safe for an International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooter to shoot down range,” he said.
According to the National Gun Owners Association of Kenya (NGAO-K) chairperson Martin Chengo,it is all systems go to have the much awaited competition in place with local stakeholders exuding confidence in being able to host the event at the Kirigiti Shooting Range.
“This is the first time Africa tournament is being held outside of South Africa. It’s taken a lot of lobbying to bring the event home after postponement from 2020 to 2021, because of Covid-19,” said Chengo.
NGAO-K has constructed an extra 11 bays to be able to accommodate the 14 stages as required by International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) to host the regional contest,an exercise that has been facilitated out of the members’ pockets.
The registration for participation in the IDPA – Africa Championships is still ongoing on www.practiscore.com.
Kenya has increased the number of certified Safety Officers (SOs) from 6 to 60, 34 Chief safety officers with the procedure well documented in IDPA’s rule book and in line with the global standard practice.