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Last ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup kicked-off in Belgrade

ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol · Belgrade, SRB

The fourth leg of this year’s ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup Series kicked-off today at the BG Kovilovo shooting centre, Belgrade (SRB). More then 560 shooters will participate in the event, in their last chance to grab a qualification spot for the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final in Rifle and Pistol events.

The fourth and last leg of the 2010 ISSF World Cup Series in Rifle and Pistol events kicked-off today in Belgrade, where the competition is held at the BG Kovilovo shooting range from the 26th of June trough the 4th of July.

Belgrade’s stage concludes this year’s ISSF World Cup Series, which passed through Sydney (AUS), Beijing (CHN) and Fort Benning (USA), and represents the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify for the 2010 ISSF World Cup Final that will be held in Munich, in October.

More then 560 shooters coming from about 60 countries came here to compete in the ten Olympic events of Rifle and Pistol shooting. They were welcomed today at the BG Kovilovo shooting centre by the President of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Obrad Stevanovic, who spoke at the participants from the stage of the opening ceremony.

“In the following seven days, we will host here the largest sport event in the Republic of Serbia this year, and according to the number of participant this is going to be one of the most massive shooting world cup in general.” Said Mr. Stevanovic.

“I would like to give my special gratitude to the International Shooting Sport Federation, to its President Olegario Vazquez Raña and to its Secretary General Horst G. Schreiber. With their confidence, they made us proud organizers!” concluded Mr. Stevanovic, who was followed on the stage by the ISSF Technical Delegate for this competition, Mr. Robert Mitchell (USA).

“On behalf of the ISSF, I welcome all shooters to the final world cup competition for 2010 – Said Mr. Mitchell – This will be the largest world cup of   the year, and will be hosted in this excellent venue. I would like to thank the Organizing Committee and the city of Belgrade for their support!”

The official start to the competition was then given by the President of the Serbian Olympic Committee, Mr. Vlade Divac “This is not the first time that Belgrade hosts a world-class shooting competition. I would like to thank the International Shooting Sport Federation for their consideration and confidence in our country, and at the same time I would like to welcome all the participants, whishing them to reach their best results during this competition!”

The first finals will be conducted tomorrow, June the 28th. The 10m Air Rifle Men Final round will take place at 13.30 (Serbian Time), and will be followed by the 10m Air Pistol Women event at 18.30. All the ten finals will be broadcasted live by ISSF TV. Check the schedule of the next matches, and follow the finals, at www.issf-sports.org

Marco Dalla Dea