Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rules Olympic Shooting Revised (January 1, 2017)

The air rifle events will have a 24-shot final instead of 20, as the two sets of three shots at the start have been increased to five each.

The time limit will be 250 seconds for the five shots in air rifle, and 150 seconds for the rifle prone event.

In the women’s 25-metre sports pistol, there will not be any semifinals. Like the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol, the top eight from the qualification phase will compete in a format of progressive elimination after four sets of five-shot series.

Similarly, there will not be any semifinals in shotgun. Instead, all trap finalists will shoot 25 targets, and elimination will be after 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 targets.

The double trap finalists will shoot 15 doubles and elimination will be after 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 doubles.

The skeet final will be based on a 10-target sequence spread over the third, fourth and fifth stations.

The eliminations will happen at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 targets.

Before the last cycle, the finals used to be over 25 birds for trap and skeet, while double trap used to be 50 birds


In a drive towards paperless operation, the organizers would be encouraged to use wireless communication to provide start lists, results, etc. to all the teams, shooters and electronic display systems.

All finals will feature music and commentary. The ISSF has also advised the use of music during the elimination and qualification phase, wherever possible.

The use of biodegradable eco-friendly clay targets will be encouraged in all competitions and will be mandatory at the World championships and the Olympics.

Shooters will not be allowed the use of mobile phones, hand-held, or wrist-worn, when they are on the firing points or shooting stations.

The new rules will allow non-verbal coaching at all events.

All shooters will be allowed the use of front blinder with a specification of 30mm maximum width. However, only shotgun shooters will be permitted to wear side blinders of 60mm maximum depth. The rifle and pistol shooters will no longer wear side blinders.

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