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ISSF President Pays Official Visit To Tokyo 2020 Games

The ISSF President Vladimir Lisin paid visit to the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo, where he held a series of meetings in connection with the preparations for the Olympic Shooting competitions.

The ISSF delegation discussed several important topics with representatives of the Organising Committee’s Sports Department, transportation, venue management, accommodation, procurement, sport presentation and other services.

Following the important tendency to reduce Organisers’ expenses, several proposals were made to reduce the costs for the construction of facilities and for the Test Event.

The ISSF delegation pointed out a good way of planning preparations to the Games, and agreed upon joint efforts with the Organising Committee in order to achieve the desired results.

The ISSF President also held meetings with the Presidents of the National Rifle Association of Japan (NRAJ) Mr. Kiichiro Matsumaru and of the Japan Clay Target Shooting Association (JCTSA) Mr. Yoshihiro Takahashi, and thanked them for the warm, friendly atmosphere and the optimistic mood enjoyed during the visit of the ISSF delegation.

The positive outcome of the visit were confirmed during a meeting with Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.

International Shooting Sport Federation President Holds Meetings In Lausanne

The ISSF President Vladimir Lisin has held several meetings in Lausanne, discussing important matters related to the Shooting Sport development within the Olympic movement.

During a meeting with Kit McConnell, IOC Sports Director, and David Luckes, IOC Head of Summer Sports & IF Relations, Mr. Lisin explained his vision and the ISSF plans for the next quadrennium, and commented on the goals to be achieved through the Development Fund recently established by the ISSF.

Preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris were also discussed, as well as the possibilities for the development of Shooting Sport in Africa generated by the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal including the creation of the necessary conditions to organize competitions not only in Rifle and Pistol events, but also in the Shotgun discipline.

ISSF President Vladimir Lisin

Special attention was paid to the matters of sustainability and, in particular, to environmental issues.

“The ISSF is in secure hands”, said the IOC President Thomas Bach, with whom Vladimir Lisin talked before the meeting of the IOC Marketing Commission, of which the ISSF President is a member since 2014.

ISSF Executive Committee Votes For The Development Fund

The ISSF Executive Committee supported the initiative of ISSF President Vladimir Lisin to establish a Development Fund and to donate USD 10.000.000 (ten million US Dollars) of his personal means.

The Executive Committee members were unanimous in their decisions. With no votes against and no abstentions they gave green light to the creation of the Development Fund and to the implementation of a system that can guarantee full transparency in the decision-making process and in financial operations of the Fund.

Mr. Joerg Brokamp – Chairman of the ISSF Technical Committee – said:

“The development fund is a big personal contribution of the President. It will hopefully be good for the future and the wellbeing of the ISSF.”

“It is a donation that belongs to the ISSF. As the entire financial responsibility is held by the Executive Committee in accordance with the ISSF Constitution and the decisions of the General Assembly, the members of the Executive committee will also be responsible for the use of the financial resources of this new ISSF Development Fund.”

The exact procedures are to be determined by the same Executive Committee, during their meeting to be held on March 22nd, 2019.

Vladimir Lisin Becomes The 7th ISSF President

The ISSF General Assembly elected the 7th President of the Federation, following the 38-year long presidency of Vázquez Raña. Alexander Ratner (RUS) join him at the lead of the federation as the newly elected Secretary General.

Munich (GER), 30 November 2018 – Vladimir Lisin (RUS) is the new ISSF President. He beat Italy’s Luciano Rossi in the succession to the 38-year long presidency of Olegario Vázquez Raña (MEX).

At the ISSF General Assembly held today at the Munich Park Hotel, in Germany, 136 member federations were present, in addition to 23 proxies, for a total of 159 represented federations and 292 votes, out of the maximum possible representation of 160 member, 147 countries, and 294 votes.

Delegates awarded 148 votes to Mr. Vladimir Lisin, and 144 votes to Mr. Luciano Rossi. A third candidate, Jalkh Boutros of Lebanon, withdrew yesterday, 29 November.

Mr. Vladimir Lisin (62) is a Russian entrepreneur holding Ph.Ds in Engineering and Economics, and the Chairman of one of the world’s leading steelmaking companies, NLMK Group. He practices shooting sport since the age of 14, and has been involved in the management of the sport since years. In 2002, Mr. Lisin became President of the Russian Shooting Union, and since 2009 he has been leading the European Shooting Confederation (ESC). From 2009 to 2013 he served as a member of the ISSF Administrative Council, and since 2011 he is the President of the Summer Olympic Sports Association of Russia. In 2013 he became a member of the ISSF Executive Committee, winning then the votes of the delegates at the 2014 ISSF General Assembly to become ISSF Vice-President. At the same time, he has been serving the IOC as a member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education (2006-2014) and in the IOC Marketing Commission (2015- onward).

Today, Mr. Lisin becomes the 7th President of the International Shooting Sport Federation since its foundation in 1907. He succeeds Olegario Vázquez Raña, who led the ISSF for 38 years. Vazquez Raña stepped back this morning, following a decision he had made public in 2014. He was elected ISSF Honorary President by acclamation by the General Assembly, right after his farewell speech, today.

In his speech, before the vote, Mr. Lisin talked about the introduction of new committees to widen the representation within the decisional bodies of the ISSF, to make the role of continental confederations more significant and to increase the level of the shooting competitions.

“I don’t want to make empty electoral promises. There’s a lot of work to do for all of us. We should respect the interests of all federations and all continents.”

“We will support all member federations who really intend to develop the shooting sport in their countries. My recent trips to America and Africa showed that we have a lot to do.”

Right after the result of the election was announced, he added: “Thank you for your trust!”

With 161 votes out of 290, Mr. Alexander Ratner was elected as the new ISSF Secretary General, beating two other candidates: Ms. Melis Giraud of Turkey (85 votes) and Mr. Javaid S. Lhodi of Pakistan (36 votes). Two other candidates, Mr. György Nagy of Hungary and Mr. Hamed Safeeldin of Sudan, withdrew. Ratner takes the seat held by Germany’s Franz Schreiber since 2010. Schreiber did not seek re-election, as he retired today after his report to the General Assembly.

Mr. Ratner (63) is a Russian sports manager with a German citizenship. His career started as a member of the Organizing Committee for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, and worked with the IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch for 25 years. He served as a member of the IOC Press Commission (1997-2013), of the “Sport for All” Commission (2014-2015) and of the “Sport and Active Society” Commission (2016- onward), and received the Olympic Order in 2001.

The new Secretary General has already worked together with President Vladimir Lisin at the European Shooting Confederation, in the same roles, throughout the last five years.

left to right: the former ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña; the new ISSF President Vladimir Lisin (RUS); the former ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber (GER); the new ISSF Secretary General Alexander Ratner (RUS)

In his speech before the vote, Mr. Ratner said:

“Our experience in the European Shooting Confederation proves that we are a team and we work well together, in the interest of our members.”

“The mission of the Secretary General is to serve the ISSF, the member federations and the President. The mission is to fulfill your decisions,” he added, addressing the General Assembly.

Later this afternoon, delegates also elected the four ISSF Vice-Presidents: Mr. Kevin Kilty of Ireland (162 votes), Raninder Sigh of India (161 ), Robert Mitchell of USA (153), and Wang Yifu of the People’s Republic of China, who was re-elected with 146 votes.

The ISSF General Assembly will continue tomorrow, 1 December, as delegates are called to elect the new ISSF Administrative Committee, the Chairmen of the Sections Committees (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Running Target, Judges, Statutes and Eligibility, Medical), the Auditors, and the ISSF Honorary Members. On the agenda of the delegates there’s also the decision on the host of the 2019 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, and several other regulatory and administrative decisions.

In the photo, left to right: the former ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña; the new ISSF President Vladimir Lisin (RUS); the former ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber (GER); the new ISSF Secretary General Alexander Ratner (RUS)

Buenos Aires 2018: Bulgaria and Germany Climbs Atop The Air Pistol Mixed International Team Podium

Bulgaria and Germany climbed together atop the podium at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, where they secured the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team event.

Vanessa Seeger and Kiril Kirov — who respectively placed 10th and 11th in the Air Pistol individual events — dominated the gold medal match, signing a clear win and securing the brightest medal with the score of 10 points to 3. The international couple prevailed over a team composed by India’s Manu Bhaker — gold medalist in the 10m Air Pistol Women event — and Tajikistan’s Bezhan Fayzullaev, who eventually landed in 2nd place and won silver.

“It was an honour only to be here, not everybody gets this chance, and to win the gold is a fantastic feeling,” said Kirov after the medal ceremony. “I really like this mixed event a lot, it allows you to recover from a bad shot thanks to the point-system and it’s enjoyable to watch.”

“I feel relieved! I wasn’t very happy about my individual event,” added his German teammate. “I still cannot believe what happened. We had two strong competitors and I’m so glad we made it, my partner was amazing and we did a great job together.”

“We’ve been a little bit lucky during the match, because our bad shots came at the same time so they didn’t affect our performance, in the end it was a great day and I’m feeling great!”

“I was happy to be teaming up with Bezhan, I never met him before and we made it together all the way to the gold medal match,” declared Manu Bhaker. “I enjoyed this event, even though I haven’t performed that well I liked it a lot.”

The bronze medal match went in the books with another resounding victory, as Ukraine’s Dmytro Honta and Mexico’s Andrea Victoria Ibarra Miranda beat Iraq’s Fatimah Abbas Waheeb Al-Kaabi and Belgium’s Jerome Son with the score of 10 points to 4.

The eight shooters competed in front of a number of authorities, including IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach, ISSF President Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña and ISSF Secretary General Mr. Franz Schreiber.

In the two semifinals that determined the medal matches participants, Bhaker and Fayzullaev beat Honta and Ibarra Miranda by 10 to 3, while Kirov and Seeger bested Al-Kaabi and Son with the score of 10 to 6.

Shooting sport at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games saw the participation of 80 athletes, representing 58 nations and competing in six YOG events: men’s and women’s 10m Air Rifle, men’s and women’s 10m Air Pistol, 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Team and 10m Air Pistol Mixed International Team.

Even if there is no official medal table, seven nations climbed on the podium in individual events: Denmark, Georgia, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Switzerland.

Manu Bhaker Crowns Fantastic Year With Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Shooting Title

India’s talented Pistol shooter placed another prize in her outstanding showcase, adding the Buenos Aires 2018 gold medal to the three ones she won along the 2018 ISSF Season.

Manu Bhaker of India is the Youth Olympic Champion in the 10m Air Pistol Women event, as she ruled the final match in Buenos Aires and added another gold medal to her impressive collection of prizes.

Last March, in fact, the talented 16-year-old won Air Pistol gold in her first ISSF World Cup participation in Guadalajara (MEX), then pocketing two Junior World Cup gold medals — won in Sydney (AUS) and Suhl (GER) — and a number of continental and national titles.

In Buenos Aires, where the 3rd edition of the Youth Olympic Games kicked off on October 6th, Bhaker led the 10m Air Pistol Women event throughout the whole day, first entering the final with the highest qualification score — 576 points — and then all along the final, firing eight of her first ten shots inside the 10th ring and eventually claiming the brightest medal with 236.5 points.

“Actually I have no idea I’ve been in the lead for the whole match, I was trying to focus completely on my shooting, checking the score every four or five shots, to see how I was doing,” said Bhaker after the medal ceremony.

“I can’t really express how happy I am, this medal is so happy!” she added. “This is the most beautiful victory of my career so far, no doubt!”

To climb on the highest step of the podium, Bhaker had to prevail over Russian Federation’s Iana Enina, junior bronze medalist at the 2018 European Championship in Gyor (HUN): the 18-year-old Russian closed her match 0.6 points behind Bhaker, taking silver with 235.9 points.

Accompanied and coached by eight-time Olympian Nino Salukvadze, Georgia’s 18-year-old Nino Khutsiberidze completed the podium in 3rd place, winning the Youth Olympic bronze medal with 214.6 points. The Georgian athlete, who previously placed 7th among juniors at last month’s ISSF World Championship in Changwon (KOR), fired out of the 10th ring with both her 21st and 22nd shot, sliding down one place and finishing 3rd.

A bad 8.0 nailed in her 20th shot costed Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem a place on the podium. The 17-year-old Thai shooter, indeed, slid down from the 3nd to the 4th place at a crucial moment, barely missing the medals and scoring 194.3 points.

Manu Bhaker

Hirunphoem was followed by 18-year-old Anja Prezelj of Slovenia, who concluded the match in 5th place with 173.5 points, and by People’s Republic of China’s Lu Kaiman (18): the two-time Junior World Cup medalist placed 6th with 153.0 points.

The bottom-two positions were taken by 18-year-old Fatimah Abbas Waheeb Al-Kaabi of Iraq and 17-year-old Greta Rankelyte of Lithuania, who both scored below the 44.0-point

mark in their first 5-shot series: the Iraqi young shooter took 7th place in her first final participation, signing off with 130.7 points and preceding her Lithuanian rival, who claimed 8th position with 110.4 points.

Shooting sport at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will award another title tomorrow, as the 10m Air Rifle Women final is going to take place at 11:15 am (UTC-3:00).

Kostevych and Karimova Shine At The ISSF World Shooting Championship In Changwon

During an action-packed day-7 at the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events in Changwon, Republic of Korea, Ukraine’s Olena Kostevych claimed her first 25m Pistol Women world title.The 2004 air pistol Olympic Champion won a spine-chilling final, after a head and head duel against Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina.

Batsarashkina led the whole match, managing a thin advantage on Korevych right to the second-last series, when the Ukrainian athlete tied her at 35 hits. In the last series, both athletes scored two hits, ending up the final with an equal score of 37 hits. Three shoot-off series were necessary to break the tie, when finally Kostevych beat her Russian opponents, winning the title with a score of 37+4+4+3 hits. Batsarashkina – who had won the Air Pistol Mixed Team title along with her teammate Artem Chernousov six days ago – claimed silver with 37+4+4+2 hits.

“I am extremely happy, this has been an epic final.” Kostevych said. “I want to dedicate this title to my husband and my daughter. I have secured a quota for Tokyo, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. I will continue training for the next competitions.”

The bronze medal went to Germany’s Doreen Vennekamp, who scored 31 hits. All three medallists were awarded an Olympic Quota Place for Tokyo 2020 (including Batsarashkina, who had already won a quota spot in the Mixed events). Chinese Taipei’s Chia Chen Tien joined them in the Olympic club, as she placed in fourth claiming the last qualification spot up for grabs today, with a score of 26 hits.

Later today, Yulia Karimova of the Russian Federation collected an odds-defying victory at the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women event. The 24-year old athlete – ranked 40th in the world and competing in her first world championship – finished atop of the podium with 461.1 points, gaining the title as well as an Olympic quota place for Tokyo 2020. With excellent scores in the kneeling and in the prone series, she beat the 2009 European junior champion – Germany’s 27-year old Isabella Straub – who closed the match in second with 459.5 points. The young winner also outscored the world’s #1 Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia – arriving here in Changwon after a world cup victory in Fort Benning this year – who closed today’s match in third with 446.4 points,. Seonaid Mcintosh of Great Britain, who had won the non-Olympic 50m Rifle Prone Women event here in Changwon just three days ago, begged the fourth Olympic quota up for grabs at today’s competition, joining the three medalists in the Olympic club as she placed in fourth with 435.0 points.

Kostevych and Karimova Shine At The ISSF World Shooting Championship In Changwon

Among the juniors, Team Italy 2 (Erica Sessa and Lorenzo Ferrari) won the Trap Mixed Team Junior final with 42 hits, beating Team Italy 1 (Maria Lucia Palmitessa and Matteo Marongiu) and Team China 2 (Wendi Gao and Yiliu Ouyang). The People’s Republic of China also celebrated a gold medal in the 25m Pistol Women Junior event, as Wang Xiaoyu claimed the junior title with 37 hits, and a 10-hit advantage on USA’s Morgan Katelyn Abeln (silver with 27 hits). Bronze went to Anna Dedova of the Czech Republic with 25 hits.

The 52nd ISSF World Championship in all events, held in Changwon, South Korea, from the 31st of August to the 15th of September, sees some 1800 athletes from 91 countries competing in 59 Olympic and Non-Olympic shooting events.