Following its closure for almost five months, the Ta’ Kandja shooting range will have a full programme of shooting competitions with the participation of Maltese and foreign shooters. This follows the solving of an issue between the Government and the Maltese Shooting Federation on the use and running of the facility.
Following discussions, the Government and the Shooting Federation reached agreement on the use of the new shooting range at Ta’ Kandja.
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Clifton Grima, told TVM that the Government is satisfied with the great number of competitions and events that the Federation will be organizing at Ta’ Kandja from next January.
“Agreement was reached on this calendar and the way we will be collaborating with the federation to host these type of events that are linked to regulations, including the necessary permits and qualifications of those who will run the events”.
In recent months, members of the federation expressed disappointment that they couldn’t practice their hobby at the Ta’ Kandja facility. This was also the case of a team of shooters from the German Shooting Federation who came to Malta as they were impressed by the new shooting range when it was inaugurated last June, but found that they could not train there last month.
Maltese Shooting Federation President, Pierre Montebello, confirmed that the German shooters had to train at the Bidnija shooting range. Parliamentary Secretary Grima indicated that obstacles for the use of the new range included security matters as it is situated at a police complex.
Dr Grima added that as a result of the agreement with the federation, the Ta’ Kanjda range will be administered by the Government, in the same manner as the Tal-Qroqq pool where a number of clubs, associations and federations use the facilities.