IDPA Africa boss officially supports Kenya as host of the African championship: The standard sport
Top sniper master eng. Robert Nyamongo with IDPA Africa boss Dr. Vivian Whatley. [Photo: Courtesy]
The path to the IDPA Africa Cup of Nations 2021 started with the African regional president and international contact person of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) in Africa, Dr. Vivian Whatley, Fever Achieves Shooting Championship.
Mr. Whatley, who will fly into the country on March 23rd, is expected to tour the 14-bay Kirigiti shooting range from March 24th to 27th to give Kenya a clean health certificate as it prepares for the championship.
Speak to The Standard Sport during weekend practice at the Kirigiti shooting range; National Gun Owners Association (NGAO-K) chairman Martin Chengo said hosting the championship is a big deal for Kenya.
“We have never held an IDPA Africa Championship in Kenya. We have worked to meet the required international standards for pens and safety officers, among other things, ”said Chengo.
“I ask for support from the national government, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Tourism and the government of Kiambu County, where the event is to be held,” added Chengo.
NGAO Kenya Secretary General Amos Kimaru reiterated the chairman’s views, saying that they are more than 85% ready for the Tier 3 continental championship.
“Vivian Whatley will reaffirm our ability to host the African Cup of Nations. It is only fair that he sees for himself what kind of practice has been carried out, how the range has been designed and what safety features have been integrated, ”emphasized Kimaru.
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“Ideally, the Vivian competition should show that shooting has grown up in Kenya. We had a program to train safety officers to prepare for the championship and we want to demonstrate their skills during the club shoot on March 27, ”said Kimaru.
NGAO – Kenya officials spearheading preparations for the IDPA 2021 African Championships in Kirigiti. [Photo: Courtesy]
NGAO Kenya, which promotes the legitimate responsible use of firearms, has some of the best coaches and is also home to the country’s only six master marksmen
“We are thrilled and excited and we are sure that we will impress Mr. Vivian Whatley on this major inspection.”
The officials were positive.
Kenya, which was given the right to host the IDPA African Championship in 2019, was due to hold the event in 2020, but this has been suspended due to covid19.
The club competition on March 27th is intended to weigh Kenya’s willingness and willingness to host the continental championship.