By Sports Reporter/ Doha
Qatari trap shooter Mohamed al-Rumaihi says he is confident of having a memorable outing at the Tokyo Olympics. Al-Rumaihi, who is aiming for a podium finish in his debut Games, has completed his training session and got a feel of the Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo, which will host the trap qualification and final over two days, tomorrow and on Thursday.
“I always wanted to be among the elite athletes, and I am very happy to compete at the Olympics. I am ready to give my best for my country,” al-Rumaihi said yesterday.
The 32-year-old shooter secured his spot at the Tokyo Olympics when he finished fifth in the trap event at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships held in Doha, Qatar.
Al-Rumaihi, who was 23rd in the world championships in 2015, is accompanied by his coach Robert Mlodzianowski in Tokyo.
The Qatari trained in Italy in the run up to Tokyo Games and he feels it has helped him a lot. “My training for the games was very good. The training camp in Italy which lasted for more than a month was very useful as I competed in different events there. Truly, it helped a lot,” he said.
Al-Rumaihi started his preparation for the game just after his qualification in 2019. “After qualifying for the Olympics two years ago, I underwent extensive preparations. I was very happy with that and now I am ready for the show. I have arrived in the best condition at the Olympics,” he said.
The shooter also said getting the opportunity to be a flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics was a proud moment. “Being a flag bearer was not a small thing. It was a very proud moment for me,” he said.
Majid al-Nuaimi, QSAA Secretary-General, is also confident of a good show from al-Rumaihi. “Mohamed has a strong chance of achieving good results in the Olympics. He has shown a lot of commitment in the last two years. He has left no stone unturned in his preparations and I feel he is fully ready,” said al-Nuaimi.
Qatar’s trap shooter Mohamed al-Rumaihi trains at the Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo yesterday.
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