Opening Ceremony

2011 ISSF Shotgun World Championship opened in Belgrade, Serbia

ISSF World Championship Shotgun · Belgrade, SRB

630 shooters coming from all around the world will compete to secure an Olympic Quota Place. Separate Junior events and team events will also be staged during the 10-day competition in Kovilovo.

The 2011 ISSF Shotgun World Championship kicked off in Belgrade, today.


More then 600 shooters coming from 76 countries will participate in the most important shotgun competition of the year, held at the Kovilovo Shooting range – in the outskirts of the Serbian capital – from the 3rd through the 14th of September.


Five Olympic Quotas are to be assigned in the five Olympic events of Trap, Double Trap and Skeet shooting, during this World Championship, which also includes separate events for Junior athletes.


“This is the first time in the history that the ISSF Shotgun World Championship is taking place in Serbia - the President of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Milan Sotra, said during today’s Opening Ceremony.


“We owe our gratitude to the International Shooting Sport Federation for entrusting us with the organization of this premium event. The best shooters from all around of the world are competing in Belgrade, with the unique possibility to secure a quota place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.” Mr Sotra added.


The ISSF Vice-President, Sheik Salman Al Sabah (photo), saluted the athletes and took the chance to address a speech to the organizers. “In behalf of the ISSF President, Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña, I would like to express our great appreciation to the people and the government of Serbia for hosting this prestigious International Shooting event” Sheik Al Sabah said, declaring then the competition officially opened. The ISSF Vice Presidents Luciano Rossi and Medhat Wahdan joined him on the ceremony’s podium to follow the firework show presented by the Organizers.


The competitions start tomorrow morning, with the first medal match (Trap Men Final) scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 6th at 16.15 (GMT+1).


Check the 2011 ISSF Shotgun World Championship schedule at and don’t miss the finals!