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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 Shotgun World Championship Kicks-Off In Moscow

640 athletes will compete in 22 medal events from this morning until the 10th of September….

The 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship officially kicked-off at the Fox Lodge shooting range, Moscow Region, Russia, where the championship will run from today right to the 10th of September.

640 athletes from 76 nations will compete there in 22 shotgun medal events, including separate junior competitions, team events, and the new Mixed Team events that were recently approved by the ISSF and the IOC for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program.

Speaking at yesterday’s opening ceremony, the ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña said:

“Welcome to all participants, distinguished guests of honour, coaches, jury members, officials, media, volunteers, and to all the Russian authorities to the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, held in this beautiful shooting range.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the President of the Russian Shooting Union and ISSF Vice-President Vladimir Lisin, for the excellent preparation of this championship.”

“I declare the competition officially open. Good luck to everybody!”

Mr. Vladimir Lisin said:

“Dear friends, dear colleagues, it’s a great honor for us to host the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship. I would like to wish all participants fragile clays and very good shots, and bright victories!”

During the ceremony, participants were also welcomed by the President of the Russian National Olympic Committee, Mr. Alexander Zhukov, who said:

“There is no doubt that this championship, contested in such a beautiful Olympic discipline, is of high interest. It’s a great honor for Russia to host this event. I am sure that it will be conducted at the highest possible level here in Fox Lodge, where the best conditions were created for a successful championship. I wish you all the best of luck!”

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin addressed the participants in a letter read on the stage by Mr. Sergey Kosilov, the Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation:

“Russia pays a lot of attention to the development of shooting sport,” Mr Putin’s letter red. “We are really proud of the triumphs and records of our champions, and we are keen to further promote this spectacular sport. We are really happy to host the top athletes of the world in our country, and I am confident that the championship will be held at the highest standards.”

The Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, Pavel Kolobkov, also addressing the participants in a letter, said: “Shooting is traditionally very popular in Russia. I am confident that this championship will give further inputs to development of the sport in our country and internationally, and will be of great interest for the shooting fans all over the world.”

The competition will start today, with the Trap Women / Trap Women Junior qualifications (conducted over two days, finals due on Saturday, September 2nd), and with the Trap Men / Trap Men Junior qualifications (that will be conducted over three days, the finals being scheduled on Sunday, September 3rd).

International Shooting Sports Federation Welcomes IOC Decisions Regarding Tokyo 2020 Sports Program

The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) today welcomed the decision of the IOC Executive Board (EB) to approve the changes to the Olympic Shooting sports program to achieve gender equality and maximize the sport’s popularity and international appeal at Tokyo 2020.

The IOC Executive Board decision approved the ISSF proposal to replace three men-only events (50m Rifle Prone, 50m Pistol and Double Trap) with three mixed team events (10m Air Rifle, 10m Air Pistol and Trap). As part of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future, mixed team events were encouraged as a means of ensuring gender equality. The introduction of these new mixed team events will provide new excitement and best promote long-term future growth of the sport.

“Having been part of the sports program since the creation of the modern Olympic Games, the ISSF greatly values its partnership with the IOC. Of course we recognize the need to continually improve,” said ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña. “The IOC encouraged the inclusion of mixed gender team events, and this is the kind of innovation that the ISSF has a proud history of bringing to our sport, like the introduction of finals and electronic scoring. The ISSF is determined to evolve and innovate the shooting sport for the benefit of our athletes and fans and to do all we can to help ensure the success of Tokyo 2020.”

In order to create the best possible proposal for the IOC, the ISSF conducted a comprehensive two-year process of consultation and discussion resulting in unanimous approval of the recommendations for change by the ISSF Executive Committee and Administrative Council earlier this year. The proposal was supported by a comprehensive event based analysis conducted by the IOC after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This analysis revealed that the three men’s events being replaced were outperformed by other events on the Olympic Shooting program.

The IOC Agenda 2020 also introduced a 10.500 athlete limit on participation at the Olympic Games. At Rio 2016, 11.237 athletes competed. In line with its efforts to ensure the future sustainability of the Olympic Games the IOC also announced today that the quota of shooting athletes at Tokyo 2020 will be 360, compared with 390 at Rio 2016.

Italy’s Niccolo Campriani,
photo: ISAF

“Naturally the ISSF is disappointed in the reduction of athletes and would like to have maintained a quota of 390 athletes at Tokyo 2020, but the sustainability of the Olympic Games is critical for the future of all sports in the Games,” continued President Vázquez Raña. “Shooting has always been one of the most universal sports in the Olympic Program, and even with the modest reduction in quotas, the ISSF is confident that the shooting competitions of Tokyo 2020 will still be one of the most universal sports. With the IOC decision to approve the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program, our federation must now focus its attention on working to ensure the success of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

ISSF to Discuss Olympic Changes with Shooting Industry

The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) has invited key stakeholders from the shooting industry to attend a summit in Munich on 5 June, to further explain and discuss the ISSF’s proposed innovative amendments to the Olympic Program.

In recent editions of the Olympic Games, shooting has presented medal opportunities in nine men’s events, but only six women’s events. Following extensive consultation and analysis, and following a unanimous decision of the ISSF Executive Committee and Administrative Council earlier this year, it was decided that three men’s events (50m Rifle Prone, 50m Pistol and Double Trap) should be replaced by three mixed events (10m Air Rifle, 10m Air Pistol and Trap) to achieve gender equality and improve shooting’s relevance to modern audiences.

Commenting on the need to engage with all members of the shooting community, President of ISSF, Olegario Vázquez Raña, said:

“Based on important principles of fairness, gender equity and based on the importance of constantly improvement, the ISSF has proposed innovative alterations to our event line-up for Tokyo 2020,”

“As the IOC’s final decision on the ISSF’s proposal draws nearer, the ISSF is making every possible effort to ensure all members of the global shooting family are well-informed.”

“The process that lead to ISSF proposing innovative amendments for the Olympic Programme was comprehensive and the consultation was widespread,” continued President Olegario Vázquez Raña.

“But it’s always possible to do more to explain and communicate and ISSF welcomes every opportunity do to so. We recognise that many shooting businesses and individuals have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo but that is not in the best long term interests of the sport. I am confident the proposed amendments will do much to improve interest in the sport as a whole, and thus to the industry long term.”

On 25 June, ISSF will also be holding an Extraordinary General Assembly, as a further opportunity to explain and discuss the proposed amendments with national shooting sports federations.

ISSF Rejects False Allegations Of Vice President Luciano Rossi

In a recent letter to all ISSF Member Federations, and in a subsequent open letter distributed to the media, ISSF Vice President Luciano Rossi attacked the 2020 Olympic Shooting Program recommendations submitted by the ISSF to the IOC last February, providing ISSF Member Federations, media and stakeholders with false information.

The letter of Mr. Rossi suggested that ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber and Vice President Gary Anderson discussed the use of laser guns with the IOC “as possible future of the shooting sports.” In further attacks published in Italy, he falsely referred to a “secret relationship” and “ongoing negotiations to introduce laser.”

There is absolutely no truth to any of this. Of course, ISSF Secretary General Schreiber and Vice President Gary Anderson met with the IOC Sports Department to discuss the submission of ISSF gender equality recommendations, and the IOC did ask about laser shooting because they are well aware that this is now done in Modern Pentathlon.

ISSF authorities explained that there are no laser systems that could be used for ISSF shooting and that the ISSF would not support this. That was the end of the discussion. There are no secret agreements or ongoing negotiations about laser and any suggestion to the contrary is a lie.

Further allegations in this campaign suggest that there may have been agreements between IOC and ISSF or pressure to delete firearms events from the Olympic program. There was never any discussion with the IOC concerning the deletion of firearms events.

The ISSF recommendations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic program that were developed by an Ad Hoc Committee and unanimously approved by both the ISSF Executive Committee and Administrative Council in New Delhi deliberately avoided any consideration of firearms versus non-firearm events, but instead conscientiously sought to evaluate the 15 Olympic shooting events and potential new events based solely on their merits, their potential for future growth and the results of the 2016 IOC event based analysis. The members of these two bodies – including Mr. Luciano Rossi, who is a member of both – were able to study the detailed results of those careful evaluations and the fact that both bodies voted unanimously to support the ISSF recommendations should confirm how convincing those evaluations were.

A release on the ISSF Executive Committee and Administrative Council meeting in New Delhi was published on February the 23rd, at http://www.issf-sports.org/news.ashx?newsid=2731.

The ISSF will continue working in the benefit of the sport, supporting the implementation of IOC Agenda 2020 and of the gender equality principle, and attacks based on false information should not undermine this process.

Alberto Fernandez Wins Another Spanish Derby Against His Friend And Teammate Antonio Bailon

It was March 24th 2016 when Spanish shooters Alberto Fernandez (33) and Antonio Bailon (32) respectively placed 1st and 2nd at the ISSF World Cup stage in Nicosia (CYP). One year later, they are still atop the Trap Men podium.

Today in Acapulco (MEX), indeed, Fernandez and Bailon nailed another Gold-Silver combo, entering the men’s Trap final with the two best qualification scores and distancing themselves from their rivals since the early stages of the match. Then, with 10 targets left to hit and Fernandez chasing Bailon 36 to 35, the latter shockingly missed four out of five targets in his second-to-last series, allowing Fernandez to overtake him with a perfect final streak and finish with the Equalled World Record of 45 target.

32-year-old Bailon, whose Silver is the third career World Cup medal, concluded with 42 hits.

“He is not just my teammate, and we don’t just train together,” said Fernandez about Bailon. “He’s my friend, we spend a lot of time together and it’s always a bittersweet victory when I beat him.”

“I don’t usually look at the scoreboard during the finals, but I could hear the sounds of the missed targets and the crowd’s reactions, so I knew that something was going on.” Concluded the Gold medalist.

The Bronze medal finished around the neck of Great Britain’s Aaron Heading (29), a two-time World Cup medalist, who finished with 32 hits and climbed on the ISSF podium four years after his last time.

The British shooter was followed by Daniele Resca (30) of Italy, Silver medalist at last year’s World Cup stage in San Marino (SMR), who missed his very last clay and eventually landed in 4th position with 29 hits.

Alberto Fernandez

31-year-old Yannick Peeters of Belgium, who placed 2nd behind Fernandez at last year’s Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), finished the final in 5th place with 24 target hits, leaving the match because of a lower qualification ranking against Resca’s.

Peru’s Alessandro De Souza Ferreira (24) left the match first after five series, placing 6th with 17 hits. His previous best placement was a 17th place nailed in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in 2016.

The ISSF World Cup Stage 2 in Acapulco will continue the day after tomorrow with the Double Trap final, scheduled at 3:45 pm (UTC+6:00). The match will be streamed live on http://www.issf-sports.org and on the ISSF official Facebook page.

ISSF World Cup in New Delhi: the People’s Republic of China shines during day-1

The People’s Republic of China won two of the three gold medals on offer during day-1 of the ISSF Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun World Cup in New Delhi, India.

Shi Mengyao, 19, secured the first gold medal of the season by winning today’s 10m Air Rifle Women final. The young shooter finished in the spotlights by scoring 252.1 points and by setting the new Wolrd Record as well as the new Junior World Record. With the introduction of the new 2017 ISSF Technical Rules, the 10m Air Rifle finals consist now in 24 shots, and therefore all the records were re-set at the beginning of the season. Shi was joined on the podium by her teammate Dong Lijie, 25, who placed in second with 248.9 points, seven years after her last world cup participation in Belgrade 2010.

ISSF, International Shooting Sport Federation

India’s flag bearer Pooja Ghatkar, 28, won the applauses of the spectators crowding New Delhi’s final hall by claiming bronze with 228.8 points. The Indian student had never won an ISSF medal before, her best placement in career being a 4th place in Baku, last year. “It feels great to win a medal in my home country,” Ghatkar said. “Off-course I aimed for a better medal, but I hope this is just a starting point for better results in the future.”

“I had some difficulties with the blinder during the final, after the 15th shot,” she added. Ghatkar had indeed been leading right to the 14th shot. Then, scoring 9.9 on her 15th shot, she slid down in the placements, finishing behind the two Chinese teammates. “There was some pressure there, but I was able to manage it. I have to thank my coach, Gagan Narang, who helped me a lot, both technically and psychologically, in the lead up to this competition.”

At the following men’s 10m Air Rifle Final, Shi’s teammate Song Buhan, 20, pocketed the brightest medal and set the new World and Junior World Records with 249.5 points. He beat the Hungarian champion Peter Sidi, a 25-time world cup medalist. Ranked 4th in the world in this event, 38-year old Sidi placed in second with 249.1 points, losing the gold medal at the last shot as he fired a 10.2 to Song’s 10.5. Japan’s 18-year old first-time world cup participant Atsushi Shimada followed them in third, claiming Bronze with 227.4 points.

Day-1 of the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi was closed by the success of Australia’s Penny Smith at the women’s Trap Final. The 21-year old shooter beat Italy’s 2012 Olympic Champion Jessica Rossi 40 to 38 hits, winning the new elimination-style Trap final at her first try.


“It’s fantastic. A bit overwhelming but really cool.” Smith said after the match. “It’s been a process. I didn’t train too well leading into the competition, so it’s good to come away with a win. This will be my only world cup event this year. The aim for the season is to make it through the Commonwealth Games selection.”

The ISSF Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun World Cup in New Delhi will continue tomorrow (25 February) with two more medal events. The 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men final will start at 13:00 (UTC+5:30), and it will be followed by the Men’s Trap Final at 15.30.

All finals will be broadcasted live on http://www.issf-sports.org and on the ISSF Facebook Page.