Uganda Shooting Sports Federation, USSF, have stepped up plans to own a shooting range facility.
The initiative has been boosted by the arrival of President of African Shooting Sports Federation (ASSF) Gen Hazem Ahmed Hosney Abdelalim in the country.
Gen Hazem has on Monday met the local coaches for a high level coaches workshop at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.
After, he will be expected to recommend the local Federation on the facility designed specifically for shooting range practice and competitions.
“We have had big challenge since we lost our range in Garuga about two years ago. We are going to have our newly set up and we will be back on our feet,” USSF President Ms Anne Mungoma told Journalists on Monday.
“There is a strong relationship between Uganda and Egyptian federations, we are also lucky that the president of the Africa is on our side, he helped us lobby this, and the international body agreed to prioritise Uganda to do for us this.
“The Egyptian federation has an input in this, they will contribute on the Pistol range, so the international body will donate equipment for other ranges.
“We are embracing this opportunity with open arms and we are actually lucky because when we have this range, its going to serve the East African region, so we will have athletes coming from Congo, Rwanda etc, this is something big and we are ready to take it on.”
Mungoma revealed that the costing of the range is about 4m dollars.
The venue where the facility will be put, will be communicated after a site visits and recommendations by the African President.
Mungoma said that local athletes have failed to stump their mark on international scene due to the absence of a standard Shooting range facility.
She said: “We use a real range when we travel, so sometimes our athletes train on ordinary police ranges but when they get on international standard ranges, they see different equipments, so it becomes hard for them to adjust.”