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21st February 2014
There is excellent news for those who are working hard to get clay target into the Paralympic fold. A joint announcement from IPC, ISSF and FITAV (the Italian shotgun federation) announces progress in the groundwork and negotiations. There is also the most welcome news that clay target will be included in the IPC World Championships at Suhl in July as an exhibition event.
Julie Sperling, chair of the Disabled Shooters' Group, has confirmed that plans are in hand to send a British team to Suhl. Anyone who would like to be considered for inclusion in the team should contact Julie as soon as possible.
We will publish more information on this topic as soon as it comes to hand.
The full text of the announcement follows.
The ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber and the ISSF Vice-President and FITAC President Luciano Rossi, in a join delegation of the International Shooting Sport Federation and of the Italian Shotgun Shooting Federation (FITAV), met representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Bonn, Germany, on Tuesday 18 February.
In 2012, the IPC added an agreement regarding the development of the shotgun discipline for shooters with impairments to the existing IPC/ISSF Memorandum of Understanding which was originally signed in December 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, the ISSF and IPC assigned FITAV as the organization that would co-ordinate a research project for the development of para-clay target shooting. Tuesday's meeting was organized to discuss the progress of the project.
IPC Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez said: “I was delighted to welcome the ISSF and FITAV to Bonn to discuss the progress of the research project. I felt we moved forward and the next steps represent a good opportunity for the findings to be shared with the wider shooting community before a long-term decision is made.”
ISSF Secretary General Franz Schreiber said: “We've been discussing about the possibility for para-clay target to become an IPC Shooting recognized discipline, and we were very pleased of the outcome of the meetings. ISSF and IPC are enjoying excellent mutual relationships, and the meeting led to positive discussions: we are working on a plan to promote shotgun disciplines in favor of shooters with impairments.”
The meeting led to the agreement that there will be a para-clay target exhibition event on 22 July as part of the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany, which take place from 17-26 July.
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