NRAI Announces New Delhi as Host of Combined International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Stage ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Will be the seventh continental or global multi-nation shooting championship to be hosted by India since 2012

New Delhi, August 11, 2018: India’s growing stature in the world of Olympic Sport Shooting, as well as her emergence as one of the premiere venues for staging world class shooting competitions, received another shot in the arm, when New Delhi was granted the rights to host a combined (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This would be the seventh continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country since 2012.

The decision was taken in principle at the ISSF’s ongoing Executive Committee meeting in Vienna and conveyed to the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), Mr. Raninder Singh, who is attending the meeting. A formal intimation by the ISSF will follow soon.

Thrilled at the turn of events, Mr. Raninder Singh said, “We are extremely grateful to the ISSF President and the entire executive committee for reposing faith the country’s and NRAI’s ability to hold such big and important world level competitions. We shall not only not disappoint as usualbut alsoexceed expectations. Such eventshelp grow the sport in our country further and boosts the chances of our Shooting athletes, both in terms of gaining confidence by competing with the world’s best at home and also in terms of gaining more spots in important competitions away from home, like the Olympics.”

He added, “A big thank you also to the Government of India who have always been supportive and not the least to Team NRAI and the entire shooting fraternity of the country for delivering to their tasks and creating new benchmarks in performance standards.”

The capital’s Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range will also host next year’s first ISSF World Cup stage for Rifle and Pistol events in February, which will be a quota event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The dates for the 2020 all events World Cup are yet to be finalized.

Since 2012, when the current President embarked upon his tenure, this would be the seventh major continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country. The list of the events, are as follows:

1)  2nd Asian Championship Shotgun, Patiala (Nov-Dec’ 2012)
2)  8thAsian Airgun Championship, New Delhi (Sep-Oct’2015)
3)  Asian Olympic Qualifying Competition for Shooting, New Delhi (Jan-Feb’2016)
4)  ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun, New Delhi (Feb-Mar’2017)
5)  ISSF World Cup Final Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun (Oct’2017)
6)  ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol (Feb’2019)
7)  ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun (Date to be announced)