Last chance for Double Trap as ISSF prepare to hold EGA

The ISSF has scheduled an Extraordinary General Assembly to be held in Munich on 25 June 2017.

The ISSF put forward plans to drop the Men’s Double Trap from Tokyo 2020 to the International Olympic Committee in February after the IOC asked all International Federations to review gender equality in their Olympic Programmes. The proposed amendments have met with great opposition from sections of the shooting community, including a Save Double Trap Facebook page and a petition with over 1,000 signatures. The ISSF is hoping to replace the discipline with a Mixed Gender Team event, a proposal supported by British Shooting. The 50m Rifle Prone Men’s event and the 50m Pistol Men’s event are also for the chopping block in favour of air rifle and pistol events with mixed teams.

The ISSF has stated that it has received more than 25 requests for an EGA from its Member Federations, but while it is “fully prepared to further discuss the merits of its suggested changes”, it is unclear what opponents can hope to achieve as the deadline for proposals to the IOC was 28 February.

Double Trap has been Great Britain’s greatest source of shooting medals in recent years, with Golds for Richard Faulds at Sydney in 2000 and Peter Wilson at London in 2012, and more recently Bronze for Steve Scott at Rio in 2016, but Double Trap’s finest have been making the jump across to Olympic Trap, anticipating the discipline’s demise. Matthew Coward-Holley has already been selected for the GB OTR Team for the European Championships in Baku.

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