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11.12.2017

ISSF Delegation visits Changwon in preparation of the 52nd ISSF World Championship

Changwon (KOR), will host the 52nd ISSF World Championship in all shooting events, in 2018. While the existing venue of Changwon is being reconstructed and extended, an ISSF delegation led by Secretary General Franz Schreiber visited the Organizing Committee to follow the preparations.

The ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber led a delegation that visited the Organizing Committee of the 52nd ISSF World Championship in Changwon, Korea, last week. 

 

The World Championship will take place there from the 31st of August to the 15th of September 2018, and will include competitions in all Olympic and non-Olympic ISSF disciplines: Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, Running Target and Target Sprint. Some 2.000 athletes are expected to compete in the event, which is organized every four years, and represents an highlight for the International Shooting Sport Federation. 

 

The delegation - including the ISSF Technical Delegates Gary Anderson, Demetris Lordos, Peter Underhill and Mohamed Wahdan, along with the ISSF Events Manager Jan Ketzel - visited the venue, which is being reconstructed and extended for the championship. 

 

Shotgun events will be conducted on 5 combined ranges, equipped with Mattarelli target machines, Saggitario Targets and Elettronica Progetti Acoustic targets release systems. 

 

The 10m shooting range will feature 100 electronic targets (SIUS LS10), while the 25m range will be equipped with 14 layouts for a total of 70 SIUS HS 25/50 targets. The 50m range will be equipped with 80 SIUS HS 25/50 targets. 

 

Running targets events will be conducted over five 10m shooting ranges (SIUS RT10) and two 50m shooting ranges (SIUS RT50). Target Sprint - the new ISSF “Sport for All” event - will also be conducted in an outdoor area the shooting range in Changwon, using the Hora falling targets system. 

 

300m shooting events will be organized on a separate temporary venue, the Jinhae Naval Shooting Range, providing 40 SIUS 310S targets. 

 

All finals will be conducted on a new Final Range which is currently under construction. 

 

The delegation conducted several meetings with the Organizing Committee, the Korean Shooting Federation, and local public authorities, revolving around venue’s developments, transportation and accommodation plans, media coverage and marketing activities, and in-depth discussions on several organizational areas. In this occasion, the Major of Changwon announced the launch of the promotional campaign “2018: the Year to visit Changwon” which will unfold in concomitance with the championship. 

 

The ISSF delegation visit took place in connection with the ISSF Rifle and Pistol Judges Course and the ISSF Shotgun Judges and Shotgun Referee Course held in Changwon, under the guidance of the Technical Delegates. The courses were conducted in an effort to share the experience of ISSF experts with local officials ahead of next year’s event. All participants passed the examinations with excellent results, and their skills will positively reflect on the local sport community as well as on the conduct of the 52nd ISSF World Championship, next year. 

 

ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said: 

 

“The preparations for the 52nd ISSF World Championships in all shooting events are proceeding according to the schedule. We visited the venues, which are almost completed, and we were really impressed by the scale and the quality of the developments. Changwon has been a traditional location for our ISSF competition in the past, and the new installations will take it to the next level.”

 

“The Organizing Committee and the Korean Shooting Federation are working positively in cooperation with the ISSF, and with an excellent support from the City of Changwon. We have no doubts that they are going to deliver an excellent competition.”

 

“We would like to thank our hosts and wish them good luck. We will come back here in Changwon in April 2018, when an ISSF World Cup in Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun events will be organized on the lines of the new range, serving as a test event.”


Further details on the Championship will be published in the next months, on the ISSF Website www.issf-sports.org 


Marco Dalla Dea