A gold medallist in 50m Rifle Prone, Henri Junghaenel, has released an ISSF report on his social media page following a meeting between secretary general Franz Schreiber and vice president Gary Anderson with several participants from the International Olympic Committee.
The meeting was primarily about achieving gender equality in shooting, but in point 11, it discussed changes to shotgun disciplines, citing low participation as a valid reason for deleting Men’s Double Trap. The assembled also spoke about replacing it with a mixed event in Skeet or Trap, though alternating Mixed Skeet and Mixed Trap at different Olympic Games was not met with enthusiasm as it would make long-term athlete development more difficult.
Changes to rifle and pistol events were also debated, with Men’s 50m Rifle Prone in danger of being axed, and the IOC hopes the ISSF will take steps towards developing a laser shooting discipline.
These changes would affect Britain substantially. The country has achieved its greatest success in Double Trap, with Richard Faulds and Peter Wilson each winning Olympic gold, and the duo of Steve Scott and Tim Kneale are serious contenders for further success at Rio 2016.
Peter Wilson told Clay Shooting: “I’m not surprised to hear about the report. There’s been talk of Double Trap being axed in the past few months and potentially setting it up as a mixed event. If the ISSF is pulling it completely it would be bad news, but this has been discussed for quite some time. When I got involved with the discipline in 2006 people told me that it would be unlikely to last, so I don’t think too many Double Trap shooters will be immediately bothered, though they will be concerned in the long term. We have a strong group in Britain and it would be a shame if it was removed from the Olympics.”
You can view the report at the following links:
The ISSF has been contacted, but is yet to return comment.