Munich, Germany: The International Shooting Sport Federation reports that two additional shooting events will be included in the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, from August 16-28, 2014. The shooting programme will be increased from four events (air rifle and air pistol, men and women) at the first YOG in Singapore to six events, including the new air pistol and air rifle mixed team events.
The additional events will not modify the total number of YOG quota places for shooting: 80 young shooters will compete in Nanjing.
At the same time, the ISSF proposal of including two new shotgun events in the YOG could not be accepted in order to control costs, which would have been affected by a second venue for shotgun shooting.
“We are extremely satisfied of the fact that we will have two additional events in the YOG programme,” ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said.
“Our first proposal included two new shotgun events, but this would have required an additional venue for shooting, and therefore the proposal could not be accepted.
“The ISSF has been supporting and will keep on supporting the Youth Olympic Games, as we believe in the values carried on by this sports event. We are looking forward to a successful second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, with extra opportunities given to our young shooters by the new events,” he concluded.
A major objective of this competition will be to give all shooting athletes in the YOG an additional competition experience that brings them together in a special event stressing international cooperation and friendship.
In the new air pistol and air rifle mixed team events, each team will be composed of one male and one female athlete, based on their final rankings in the individual air rifle and air pistol events.
The first place air rifle men athlete will be paired with the 20th place air rifle women athlete. The second place air rifle men athlete will be paired with the 19th place air rifle women athlete and so on.
The pairing will continue until the 20th place air rifle men athlete is paired with the first place air rifle women athlete to form 20 teams.
The same system will be used to form 20 air pistol teams. The team pairings will be adjusted to ensure that no two athletes from one nation are on the same team.
The team events will take place over two days, following the four days of individual competitions.
The 2014 YOG qualification period will start on April 1, 2013, and will end on June 8, 2014. Final regulations for this competition format will be provided. (www.issf-sports.org)