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domingo, 19 de fevereiro de 2017

ISSF ruling could dent Malta’s Olympic dream

Voting on double trap at 2020 Games set for Tuesday

Mirco Cenci... ‘the Maltese shooting federation can rely on very talented performers in double trap’.
Mirco Cenci... ‘the Maltese shooting federation can rely on very talented performers in double trap’.

Mirco Cenci, technical director at the Italian Shooting Federation, said plans by the International Shooting Sport Federation to omit the men’s double trap shoot from the Tokyo 2020 Games will end the Olympic dream of small countries like Malta.
Cenci has been one of the most vocal campaigners in a broad fight across the globe to convince the top brass at the ISSF to, at least, introduce mixed gender double trap in Tokyo and not omit the discipline altogether by replacing it with a mixed trap event.
Voting on the issue will be held at an important ISSF meeting in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday.
Double trap shooter William Chetcuti (left) and coach Jimmy Bugeja.Double trap shooter William Chetcuti (left) and coach Jimmy Bugeja.
The Italian shooting fraternity has always enjoyed a close rapport with their Maltese counterparts. Cenci, in particular, has good knowledge of the qualities of William Chetcuti, Nathan Lee Xuereb and the upcoming Gianluca Chetcuti and he reckons our chances of success at the Olympics will be less than slim if double trap is axed completely from the 2020 programme.
Cenci said: “In William Chetcuti and Nathan Lee Xuereb, the Maltese federation can rely on two highly-talented double trap marksmen. We’ve seen them in action at different venues last year and both made the country proud with some outstanding performances.
“Young Gianluca is also one to watch for the future.
“I think Malta really stands a good chance of success at the next Olympics in double trap but if the event is not held at all, the Maltese federation’s hopes and investment will go up in smoke and that would be a real shame.”
Cenci, a former double trap competitor himself, confirmed that at first the ISSF Athletes Commission were mulling over a new double trap mixed gender competition. But then they took a different approach.
“In 2015, the Athletes Commission had proposed a mixed gender competition,” Cenci explained.
Today, they want to do away with double trap... tomorrow it could be the turn of skeet
“But, surprisingly, in November last year someone at the ISSF overruled that 2015 proposal and decided to introduce a mixed trap competition.
“No-one was advised about it and no-one was even consulted about it. Moreover, double trap shooters were not even granted a concession to adopt the changes required and guarantee their future in the sport.
“No-one knows why the ISSF  had changed its position so quickly over this issue.
“How is it possibly that in a single meeting they decide to cancel an Olympic Games event and, worse than that, end the career of several shooters who always respected the values of fair play and ISSF regulations?
“It’s disappointing. Whoever is responsible for all this didn’t take into consideration the careers of several keen double trap shooters across the globe.”
The Italian federation knows they will have to adapt to the situation but they’re trying one last shot. This weekend, they are hosting a first ever mixed double trap competition at the Winter Championships in Lodi.
“In just 15 days we managed to attract 30 teams to compete in the new double trap event in Lodi,” Cenci said.
“That’s a clear sign that introducing a mixed competition for double trap instead of the one for men only could also be a good option. That way double trap remains in the Olympic fold while more women shooters could be attracted to clay shooting.”
Cenci fears that if double trap is left out from the 2020 Games programme it would mark the beginning of the end for the sport in general at the Olympics.
“Today, they want to do away with double trap and tomorrow it could be the turn of skeet.
“Most of us are now believing  that they want to remove clay shooting completely and replace it with other events.
“We hope that won’t be the case. Indeed, that would be a scenario none of us want.”

ISSF on gender equality...

The challenges posed by the IOC’s Agenda 2020 programme will have far reaching effects for the future of sport shooting.
These challenges will see (governing body) ISSF having to move to gender equality in both the number of events and in the number of quotas at the request of the IOC. This task is made more complicated by the expressed desire within the Agenda 2020 programme to see the introduction of mixed gender team events.
The ISSF is one of only seven international federations that currently do not have either equal events or equal quotas for men and women. It is essential that for Tokyo 2020, the ISSF must move to compliance in gender equality.
At the recent ISSF Section Committee meetings in Munich, we received an update on the IOC’s event evaluation process and an insight from IOC member Danka Bartekova, as to the IOC’s determination to achieve Agenda 2020’s gender equality goal for the Tokyo games.
A vote was held to decide the recommendation of the Coach Advisory Committee. The result of the vote was to recommend to the Ad-Hoc Committee the replacement of 50m rifle prone men with a 10m air rifle mixed gender team event, the replacement of 50m pistol men with a 10m air pistol mixed gender team event and the replacement of double trap men with a trap mixed gender team event.
Our recommendations are based on what we believe to be the best way to ensure that the sport of shooting remains a strong and vibrant member of the Olympic movement .
Note: These are excerpts from Kevin Kilty’s response to the changes proposed. Kilty is chairman of the Coach Advisory Committee.

terça-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2017

WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL SHOOTING WORLD 2017


14.02.2017

ISSF Season preview: three world championships in sight

The season that is about to start will feature five World Cup stages, one Junior World Cup and three different World Championships: the ISSF Junior World Championship and the first ISSF Target Sprint World Championship in Suhl (GER) and the ISSF Shotgun World Championship, in Moscow (RUS).
After an exciting Olympic season, 2017 promises to be another memorable year, with a lot of action in the plans of the International Shooting Sport Federation.

The season will revolve in a circle, opening and closing on the same range, in New Delhi (IND), where the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 will be held in February, and where the ISSF World Cup Final will take place at the end of the season, eight months later.   

In this eight months span, ten different competitions will animate the season, delivering medals and titles to hundreds of senior and junior athletes in seven different countries: India, Mexico, Cyprus, Germany, Azerbaijan, Italy and Russian Federation.

The 2017 ISSF World Cup Series will unroll in five stages, kicking-off in New Delhi on February 22nd. The first ISSF World Cup Stage of the season is going to be the third to take place in the Indian capital after the ones held in 1997, 2000 and 2003.

The ISSF calendar will then shift its focus on the Shotgun events, as the ISSF World Cup Stage 2 is set to take place in Acapulco (MEX) from March 17h to March 27th, and the ISSF World Cup Stage 3 is scheduled in Larnaka (CYP), from April 28th to May 8th.

Two more competitions will complete the 2017 ISSF World Cup Series: from May 17th to May 24th, the best Rifle/Pistol shooters in the world are going to compete in Munich (GER), where the not-to-be-missed ISSF World Cup Stage 4 is expected to take place at the well-known Olympia Schiessanlage in Hochbrück, while the fifth and conclusive ISSF World Cup Stage of the season will be held from June 6th to June 14th in Gabala (AZE), the city that hosted the 2014 edition of the ISSF World Cup Final.

Here’s a recap of the 2017 ISSF World Cup Series schedule:
  • From February 22nd to March 4th: ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in New Delhi (IND)
  • From March 17th to March 27th: ISSF World Cup Stage 2 in Acapulco (MEX)
  • From April 28th to May 8th: ISSF World Cup Stage 3 in Larnaka (CYP)
  • From May 17th to May 24th: ISSF World Cup Stage 4 in Munich (GER)
  • From June 6th to June 14th: ISSF World Cup Stage 5 in Gabala (AZE)

With the ISSF World Cup Series in the books, three different world championships will liven up the following four months.

The first two of them are expected to take place simultaneously in Suhl (GER), while the third and most awaited, the ISSF Shotgun World Championship. is scheduled in Moscow (RUS) from August 30th to September 11th. The latest edition of this competition was successfully held in Lonato (ITA) in 2015, where hundreds of fans cheered for the best Trap, Double Trap and Skeet shooters in the world, both senior and junior, setting an ambitious benchmark that will surely be matched by the Russian capital city.

  1. From June 22nd to June 26th: ISSF Target Sprint World Championship in Suhl (GER)
  2. From June 22nd to June 29th: ISSF Junior World Championship in Rifle/Pistol in Suhl (GER)
  3. From August 30th to September 11th: ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Moscow (RUS)

One more junior competition is due in August in Porpetto (ITA), where the one and only ISSF Junior World Cup in Shotgun events is on schedule from the 15th to the 20th.

The ISSF World Cup Final, final act of the season, is expected to take place in New Delhi as well. There, the best shooters of the three disciplines will gather at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range from the 23rd to the 30th of October, battling for the fifteen ISSF seasonal trophy and sealing another historic year for international shooting sport.


Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source ISSF Website

domingo, 12 de fevereiro de 2017

Rio was one bad outing, but that is history now, says Jitu Rai

Jitu Rai had been tipped for a medal at Rio Olympics and was one of India's biggest prospects but he lost out in shocking fashion.

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Jitu Rai was bestowed with the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol in 2016 
by ISSF. (Express file photo)

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published :February 12, 2017

Months after his inexplicable meltdown at the Olympic Games, ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai says he is capable of not repeating history at the world’s biggest spectacle, provided he is part of the next edition in Tokyo 2020.
Rai had been tipped for a medal at Rio and was one of India’s biggest prospects in the precision sport, but the script unfolded in a manner that shocked the shooting fraternity and left the unassuming 29-year-old numb.
The Rio failure is now behind, as he looks ahead to the season with renewed interest after being bestowed with the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol in 2016 by the International Shooting Sport Federation.
“Rio was one bad outing, bad luck. But that is history now and like always, I am trying to work hard so that I can bring home more medals,” Jitu said.
A silver medallist at the World Championships, gold medal winner at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games and winner of many medals at the ISSF World Cups, Jitu said his dream of bagging an Olympic medal is very much alive. “This was my first Olympics and I went there with a lot of hopes. Things did not turn out the way I would have liked but then I can’t do anything about the past now.
“I went to Rio well prepared (after winning a record seven international medals in one calendar year). The Sports Ministry, NRAI, my employers and SAI all did their best so you can’t say that there was no effort. It just didn’t click for me in Rio that day.
“However, my dream to win an Olympic medal is very much alive and I can say that I will again try my best to realize my goal and I am capable of doing that,” Jitu said.
India is bracing up to host its first-ever ISSF World Cup from February 23 and Jitu said the mega event will help in popularizing shooting in India. “I think this is very significant for India we are hosting a shooting tournament of such significance for the first time. This will draw in a lot of crowd from the city and the country and help in popularizing shooting,” Jitu mentioned after a training session at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges.
The Army shooter’s coach Pavel Smirnov came under a lot of criticism after his poor performance in the Rio Olympics, but Jitu said he has always been helpful. “He has always helped us with his advice and it is good that we have his services,” the shooter said.
Smirnov, the man credited with helping Vijay Kumar win a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012, was seen encouraging his words as they trained inside the 50m range. Smirnov, back in India and having resumed duty with the Indian pistol team till 2018 after a six-month hiatus, backed Jitu. “Jitu was only in his first Olympics, so many shooters have managed to win one after representing in so many Olympics, but still everyone was talking about Jitu.
“I have faith in his abilities as a shooter and I am sure he can win (in Olympics). My only objective is to perform and win medals,” Smirnov said.
He said India has a good bench strength. Indian shooters’ dismal show at Rio prompted the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to form a review committee headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, and the panel recommended a slew of measures to overhaul the sport.
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - http://indianexpress.com/article/sports

sexta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2017

2017 World Shooting Para Sport competitions

Woman in shooting range, looking back over her shoulder, smiling
USA’s McKenna Dahl at the 2016 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup Bangkok, Thailand © • SADT


Here you can find all the latest information about the 2017 World Shooting Para Sport competitions, as and when it is available.
We have a very exciting season of shooting para sport following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games!
2017 WORLD SHOOTING PARA SPORT COMPETITIONS
COMPETITIONCITY, COUNTRYCOMPETITION LEVELDATE
Al Ain 2017 World Shooting Para Sport World CupAl Ain, United Arab EmiratesLevel 2 (sanctioned)19-28 February 2017
Szczecin 2017 World Shooting Para Sport Grand PrixSzczecin, PolandLevel 2 (sanctioned)24-29 April 2017
International Shooting Competition of Hannover (ISCH)Hannover, GermanyLevel 1 (approved)04-14 May 2017
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source -  https://www.paralympic.org/shooting/2017-competitions

quinta-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2017

ISSF top brass to visit India during shooting World Cup

 | Feb 9, 2017, 07.42 PM IST


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Indian shooting contingent is preparing for the tournament to try out the new mixed team events recommended by ISSF Athletes Committee.

NEW DELHI: About 650-700 shooters and officials from 47 countries will descend on the capital's Dr Karni Singh Range here as India braces up to host the year's first ISSF World Cup, the biggest-ever shooting tournament to be held in the country.

The tournament, starting February 23, will be preceded by International Shooting Sport Federation's executive board meeting on February 21, which will be chaired by ISSF president Olegario Vazquez Rana.



"As is the case with all World Cups, strong shooting nations such as China, Italy, Germany, Korea, Iran, Australia and USA will be competing in the tournament," a National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) official said.



A team of technical delegates from Croatia had last month inspected the ranges, the venue for the much-anticipated event.



The Indian shooting contingent is currently undergoing a camp at the range, preparing for the tournament which is set to become the first calendar tournament to try out the new mixed team events recommended by the International Shooting Sport Federation's Athletes Committee.

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/shooting