Shooting has made it onto the list of core sports proposed for the 2020 Olympic Games, ISSF chiefs have announced. After every Olympics every sport is reviewed and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Executive Board has agreed shooting is one of the 25 core sports it will propose for 2020.
ISSF secretary general Franz Schreiber said shooting competitions had been staged since the very first modern Olympic games, the father of the games, Pierre de Coubertin, having been a pistol shooter.
He added: “We are very pleased that shooting has been included in the list of the proposed core sports for the 2020 Olympics. Shooting remains a core sport worldwide, as well as one of the most universal disciplines.
“The ISSF represents 161 National Federations, and athletes from 108 countries qualified to compete in shooting at the 2012 Games; shooting ranked fourth among all Olympic sports in this principal measure of universality.”
The venue for the 2020 Summer Games has not yet been announced, with Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo all still in the running. The official announcement will be made on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.