ISSF Shotgun World Cup 2 kicks off in Al Ain (UAE). First medal match today.
The 2013 ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) officially kicked off at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, today.
Filling in the capacity of the range, 350 athletes coming from 50 countries registered to take part in five Olympic Shotgun events, which will be conducted during the second ISSF Shotgun World Cup Stage form the April 16 through April 24.
The competition was officially opened by Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, H.H. Sheik Nahyan bin Zaed Al Nahyan, the host of the competition, at yesterday’s opening ceremony.
The ISSF Technical Delegate, Mr. Bhattakarka Bunnag said: “The Al Ain shooting range has shown its perfect facilities and good organization since the 2011 ISSF World Cup Final, which was hosted here for the first time.”
“The readiness and the perfect preparation of the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club guarantee the success of our shooting event.” Mr. Bunnag added, while welcoming the participants at the opening ceremony in behalf of the ISSF President, Olegario Vazquez Raña.
The Chairman of the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club, H.H. Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also welcomed the shooters at the event, speaking about the impact of the ISSF World Cup Series on Al Ain.
“Bringing together international athletes will surely provide a huge impact. Sport has a great role on the well-being of people, and we hope that such prestigious event will encourage the entire community to participate in sports.” H.H. Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in his welcome message.
This is the second ISSF Shotgun World Cup Stage of the year. The ISSF World Cup Series kicked off from Acapulco (MEX) with a Shotgun stage, and then continued in Changwon, Korea, where the first Rifle and Pistol Stage was conducted.
The first medal match – the Trap Women Finals - will be conducted today, April 17. Follow the event on www.issf-sports.org