Mixed team events to feature in World Cup Finals

The mixed team events were held in two World Cups, including the first of the season in Delhi, and will also be held in the World Shotgun Championship in Moscow in September.

Heena Sidhu (left) and Jitu Rai won at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala.   -  ISSF

Further in its attempt to familiarise the shooting fraternity to the mixed team events in air rifle, air pistol and trap events, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), in collaboration with the organising committee will host the mixed team events during the World Cup Finals to be staged at the Dr. Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad, in October.

The mixed team events were held in two World Cups, including the first of the season in Delhi, and will also be held in the World Shotgun Championship in Moscow in September.

The Indian pistol team of Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai had won gold medals in the two World Cups. The four best air
rifle and air pistol teams from each of the two World Cups will be invited for the World Cup Finals in Delhi. The two best trap teams from three shotgun World Cups along with the three medallists of the World Shotgun championship will also be invited for the trap mixed event in the World Cup Finals.

In its statement, the ISSF said
that it was a ’’good-will act’’, aimed towards maximising media exposure, foster international recognition and offer testing opportunity for the new events that will be part of the regular programme from next year, in the run-up to their entry in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The ISSF administrative council is expected to ratify the provisional regulations of the mixed events later this year.

The president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana said that the introduction of the mixed events was a milestone in the history of the federation.

"The mixed gender team event represent a fundamental step forward for shooting. They represent that we are an inclusive sport with strong grassroots, bound by long-standing traditions, but evolving in line with the Olympic principles’’, said the ISSF president.