PAOAY, Ilocos Norte-- Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. welcomed competitors of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSR) regions who will be competing for the Asia Pacific titles of the Sen. Bongbong Marcos Cup 2011-World Shoot XVI tune up match scheduled September 7-11, 2011.
“It is my honor and pleasure to welcome the participants to the Sixteenth World Shoot Tune Up Match. To those that organized this event, my congratulations in advance for what I trust will be a resounding success,” Marcos said.
Marcos, a practical shooting sport enthusiast, led the pistol and rifle proper match ceremonial shoot of the said event dubbed as “The Asia Pacific Challenge” at the Marcos combat shooting firing range in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
“I wish each and every one of the competitors the best of luck knowing that no matter the fierceness of the competition, regardless of who wins or loses, the friendship, camaraderie, and respect shown each other, remains the true bond that will further promote this sport that we all love; and for that alone, we are already all winners. Having said that, may the best shooter triumph,” he added.
IPSR regions from within the Asia Pacific fielded their award-winning division teams to compete in what may be the final tune up for the upcoming 16th World Shoot which is considered as the Olympics of practical shooting to be held on October 2-9, 2011 in Rhodes, Greece.
Among the qualified IPSC regions competing for Asia Pacific titles scheduled September 7-11, 2011 are Philippines, China, Australia, United States, Guam. Japan. Hongkong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.
IPSC regions who are not part of the list presented above may also compete in the Overall team championships but not for the Asia Pacific titles.
Competitors who belong to any IPSC region can qualify for both the overall Division and Category awards. Also, competitors who belong to regions other than the Philippines may compete for the International awards sub-category.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos Cup 2011 is a 17-Stage, Level III practical shooting match that is specifically designed to present a balanced challenge of exercising all the elements of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) principle--Power, Speed and Accuracy.
While IPSC is an international organization founded in Columbia, Missouri in May 1976, countries can form their own organization under the IPSC umbrella, which is the Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) in the country.