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Royal Shooting Star Retains his Passion | Generation Rise


My name is Saeed bin Maktoum.My sport is shooting.Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoumis not your average sportsman.He is a member of the United
Arab Emirates royal family.
This hasn’t stopped him
from competing
in four Olympic Games.In the Middle East
and North Africa,
the next generation of athletes
rise.
An elite force,
exceeding expectation…
..to reach gold.These are their stories…..through their eyes.(GENERATION RISE. MIDDLE EAST
AND NORTH AFRICA)
After dedicating half of
his life to skeet shooting,
Saeed has now qualifiedfor his fifth
Olympic competition.
He’s now perfecting his
technique
so he can achieve his dreamand finally win Olympic gold.Skeet shooting was first
contested
at the Olympics in Mexico Cityin 1968.Since its inception,
it’s been considered
the most technically demandingof all Olympic sports.Its unique rules require
contenders
to shoot at 25 clay targetsthrown from two machinesat different positions.To simulate unpredictable
bird flight,
clay skeet targets are
released randomly.
Only those shooters who
possess remarkable powers
of concentration and
hand-eye co-ordination
are able to attain Olympic
glory.
The Bedouin life of Saeed’s
forefathers
is what inspired him to pursue
the sport of shooting.
Only three generations ago,desert tribes struggled to livein some of the most extremedesert conditions
on the planet.
Hunting rabbits and birds
for sustenance,
they relied on shooting
to survive.
Whoever doesn’t know his own
country
and does not know his rootswill not have a heritage.We like camels and the desert.We like our country
and our sea.
Respect of the sport of
shooting runs deep
within the traditional families
of the United Arab Emirates,
and its virtues symbolise
a way of life.
Shooting teaches people to be
patient
and it teaches concentration.It teaches people how
to overcome difficulties.
Saeed’s father – His Highness
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum –
was one of the founding fathers
of modern Dubai
and its ruler for seven years.He guided his young son
into the sport.
I started shooting with
my father when I was young.
I was around five years old.They put bottles on
the ground to shoot
and I enjoyed it.Each evening, when the air
begins to cool,
Sheik Saeed dedicates three
hours
to skeet shoot training.In the build-up to an
international tournament,
he can spend all day fixing
on targets.
It’s a sport that borders on
obsession.
These are some of my
achievements.
This tournament was in India.I came first, I got a
record score – 125 out of 125.
This tournament was in
Langkawi.
I came second, it was the first
Olympic qualification.
I qualified for the Sydney
Olympics.
These are pictures that
I have no space for.
This was in Kazakhstan, I got
the second place.
Sergi and I were tied,but Sergi is a good shooter.This tournament was one of the
best standards
I’ve performed in my life.United Arab Emirates!Sheikh Saeed has represented
his nation
at four consecutive Olympic
Games.
A record unmatched by
any other Emirati.
His absolute dedication
has inspired generations
but it hasn’t been
an easy journey.
In the Sydney Olympics,I wasn’t experienced,
it was my first Olympics.
In Athens, I wasn’t lucky.Also, I lacked experience.So, it was the worst Olympics
in terms of results for me.
In the Beijing Olympics,I didn’t make it to the final
due to a few targets.
The London Olympics
were the same
but I didn’t make it
to the final
because of one or two points.Across his 20-year
Olympic career, Sheikh Saeed
has strived for
self-improvement
through relentless
trial and error.
And the shortcomings
of his past
only fuel his desire to
succeed further.
I am always seeking a medal
in world tournaments.
When I started going to
tournaments,
I wasn’t performing
like the foreigners.
So I said, first, I should
gather their information.
Thank God I’ve now
reached what they achieved
and I feel I’ve surpassed them
now.
With his rifle and ammunition
calibrated to perfection,
the next stop for Sheikh Saeed
is the Olympic Games.
Every last detail has been
checked and checked again
to help him gain his
greatest ever victory.
(SAEED ALMAKTOUM COMPETED IN
HIS FIFTH SHOOTING COMPETITION
AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016.)(DESPITE FIRING A PERFECT 25
IN THE QUARTER FINALS,
HIS TOTAL SCORE WAS NOT ENOUGHTO SEE HIM REACH
THE SEMI-FINALS.)

Glenn Chapman

10 Comments

  1. May Allah Bless you all the success for you and your country. Love you Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช

  2. I enjoyed watching your competitions. VERY interesting. ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ชโœŒ

  3. ุงู„ุญู…ุฏ ู„ู„ู‡ ุงู„ุฐูŠ ุงุนุฒู†ุง ุจุงู„ุงุณู„ุงู… ุงู„ุญู…ุฏ ู„ู„ู‡ ุงู†ูŠ ุนุฑุจูŠ
    ุงู„ุดูŠุฆ ุงู„ุฐูŠ ูŠุญุจุทู†ูŠ ุงู† ุงุฑู‰ ู…ูˆุงุฆุฏ ุงู„ุนุฑุจ ุจู‡ุฐู‡ ุงู„ููˆุถู‰ ู…ู† ุงู„ุงูƒู„ ุฌูŠูŠูŠูŠุง ุน

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