(ATR) Shooting will achieve full gender equality at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics under new approved quotas.
The federation was allocated 360 athlete places for the Tokyo games, which will be split evenly among men and women. There will be six men’s and six women’s events along with three mixed team events.
Quota places were one of a number of decisions taken by the International Shooting Sport Federation this week according to a release. The board voted to reorganize the yearly shooting sport calendar, mixed team competitions rules, 2018 ISSF Shotgun World Cup hosting, and more.
"I feel very happy that this meeting was working in favor of shooting sport," Olegario Vázquez Raña, ISSF President, said in a statement. "We are moving forward some important steps, ensuring gender equality, rationalizing our championships program, and responding to our stakeholders, in order to strengthen the shooting sport family."
The ISSF World Cup will now be held every two years, as part of a broader reorganization. The move was made to prevent the event from conflicting with the Olympic Games or the ISSF World Championships, the federation said. All changes will be voted on at the ISSF General Assembly in November 2018.
Mixed team events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature continuous elimination formats, the board said. In addition, the ISSF said that the number of shots in women’s competitions will be increased to match those in men’s events. This will harmonize the two events for the mixed teams.
Malta will host the 2018 ISSF Shotgun World Cup. A new venue is being built for the event, and has experienced delays. The executive board said that the range is expected to be finished in March 2018 before the June competition.
"Both the Organizing Committee and the ISSF Technical Delegate for the competition have assured the ISSF that the preparations will be completed according to the schedule," the statement read.
Written by Aaron Bauer
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