New quota place rules sent for IOC approval

During its Executive Committee meeting in Munich, Germany, on Monday, the ISSF stated that it had voted and approved several important points about championship reorganisation, rules, gender equality and Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places allocation.

With its stringent qualification process, the ISSF had often found top ranked shooters not making the cut for the Olympic Games.   -  GETTY IMAGES (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has suggested Olympic quota places based on world ranking also, for consideration and approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

With its stringent qualification process, the ISSF had often found top ranked shooters not making the cut for the Olympic Games. The international federation was helpless in such situations, despite the fact that the quota places belonged to the country and not to shooters who won them. Moreover, even when a few quota places were at its discretion, the ISSF had not room to give them to top shooters, as they were meant for a specific category.

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During its Executive Committee meeting in Munich, Germany, on Monday, the ISSF stated that it had voted and approved several important points about championship reorganisation, rules, gender equality and Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places allocation.

In achieving gender equality in terms of having equal number of medals for men and women, the ISSF would also ensure equal number of participants in the men’s and women’s sections in the 2020 Olympics.

There will be 180 men and 180 women, competing in the three mixed team, and six men’s and six women’s events in Tokyo.

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The Olympic quota places will be on offer from the World Championship to be staged in Changwon, Korea, next year. The ISSF will divulge the process of allocation of the Olympic quota places once it receives the approval of IOC.

In trying to achieve gender equality, the ISSF would also be ensuring same number of shots for the men’s and women’s events. For example, the air rifle men’s event has 60 shots for qualification, whereas it is 40 for women. It is understood that the shots would increase for women in the fresh proposal.

The ISSF technical committee has also recommended final rules for the mixed team events which had experienced new set of rules every time; they were held this season, for the first time.

It has also been suggested to have the World Championship every two years, instead of every four years. The season ending World Cup Final is proposed to be held once every two years, instead of every year.