The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is the official association and therefore the governing body for Olympic shooting disciplines. The ISSF unites over 160 national associations. The latest regulations for sports shooting have already been announced. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Shooting tickets online.
These new competition rules are mandatory for all sports shooting events from January 1, 2017 to 2020 that are organized under the ISSF brand. Naturally, this means they also apply to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The ISSF announced its proposed changes for greater gender equality in Olympic shooting disciplines in November 2016. The back story: IOC and the international associations are working to raise the quota of female athletes at the Olympic Games to 50 percent.
The Olympic shooting regulation cover six events for women and nine for men. So sweeping changes are necessary in order to ensure gender equality. The first decision related to preserving the parity of the various disciplines in the 15 Olympic shooting competitions: five rifle, five pistol and five shotgun disciplines. These areas are currently divided into three competitions for men and two for female shooters
Events of mixed gender players in Tokyo Olympic 2020:
“The Events of mixed gender squad” will be introduced in this context. They will consists of one female and one male athlete competing for the same nation. The ISSF Committee decided that the best way of ensuring gender equality would be to convert one men’s shooting event into a mixed gender team event – in each of the three disciplines.
The committee explored a variety of proposals for mixed teams, always with an eye on which measures would best promote the development of sports shooting worldwide. One thing is clear: the overarching goal is always to ensure that sports shooting remains an integral part of the Olympic program.
Changing of Olympic 2020 in sports shooting:
- Based on the ISSF proposals, the IOC will remove and replace the following shooting competitions:
- Men’s double trap
- Men’s 50 meter small bore rifle, prone
- Men’s 50 meter pistol
The following shooting disciplines will be the equal for women and men at the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo
- Trap, mixed gender team event
- 10 meter air rifle, mixed gender team event
- 10 meter air pistol, mixed gender team event
The following shooting disciplines will be the equal for women and men at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
- 50 meter small bore rifle, three positions
- 10 meter air rifle
- 25 meter pistol (men: rapid fire pistol)
- 10 meter air pistol
The IOC also announced at Friday’s press conference that the number of participating athletes will be reduced by 285, meaning that ‘only’ 10,500 athletes will be accredited for Tokyo 2020. So it is likely that the number of shooters competing in Tokyo will drop by 30 compared to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Naturally, the ISSF welcomed the decision by the IOC Executive Board to revise the Olympic shooting disciplines. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality and to make the sport more attractive and popular to an international audience. ISSF President Vázquez Raña is confident that sports shooting will remain an international crowd puller at the Olympic Games, even with a reduced number of contestants.
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