World Shooting Para Sport will hold its first Para Clay Target World Cup in 2017.
Following several years of development, the discipline, based on Olympic Trap, is well on the way to full recognition by World Shooting Para Sport.
The announcement follows a two-year period, during which rules and classifications were put to the test via a new Para Clay Target Development Group. The team will build on work by the Italian Shooting Federation (FITAV), which received praise for leading the early stages of the project.
Tyler Anderson, World Shooting Para Sport manager, said: “We are very excited to take over the mantle of developing Para clay target shooting by holding the first World Cup, which is the next major task in building the discipline.
“This is a much anticipated development and represents another crucial milestone in shooting Para sport for the athletes, teams, fans and the media. We cannot wait to see the athletes shoot the first clays at this level in 2017.”
The provisional classification system features three sport classes. Class 1 will include athletes with poor balance and or trunk stability who compete from a wheelchair in a standard seated position. Athletes have an impairment in their lower limbs but no functional limitation in their upper limbs. Class 2 athletes have good balance and trunk function, and compete from a standing position. Athletes have an impairment in the lower limb(s), but no functional limitation in the upper limbs. Class 3 athletes have good balance and trunk function, compete from a standing position, and have an impairment in the upper limb (non-shooting arm).
The full rules, alongside the dates and location of the World Cup, will be announced soon.