Shooting star gets a warm welcome

A warm welcome was accorded to Saif Khalifa bin Futtais, a UAE national who won the bronze medal of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.

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Published: Fri 29 Mar 2013, 12:16 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:06 AM

Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum, representative of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) who made history in the Emirates when he shot his way to gold in the doubletrap event at the Athens Olympics in 2004, Shaikh Juma bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, head of the Fazza Shooting team and winner of a gold medal at the 2nd Asian Shotgun Championship and Grand Prix in 2012, officials and fans received Bin Futtais upon arrival.

Shaikh Ahmed hailed bin Futtais’ achievement and said he will most likely qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Shaikh Juma said the champion has always been diligent and close to the podium and now he is reaping the fruits.

At the ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, Bin Futtais outdid USA’s Jon McGrath 15 to 14 hits in the Bronze medal match, securing his first ISSF medal ever. —

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