Shooting is a sport that currently consists of three different disciplines: Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun. Each and every one of them includes multiple events, varying for distance from the target, position and type of sport gun.
Shooting at a mark as a test of skill began with archery, long before the advent of firearms. Firearms were first used in warfare and later in hunting, and because of the shadowy early history of fire-arms, it is not known when target shooting began. The early history of the sport is largely that of shooting with rifles. The earliest recorded shooting match is one held in Eichstäat, Bavaria, in 1477; the shooters, probably using matchlocks, competed at 200 meters.
The shooting sport began as a part of the modern Olympic Games since its first steps, in 1896. In the first Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, 39 shooters from seven nations competed in three pistol and two high power rifle events; they grew to 139 shooters from 13 nations in the following edition of the Games that was held in 1900 in Paris.
Next month, the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) world cup will be held in Delhi, India. More than 40 participants from around the world including Brazil and UK will be participating in this event. According to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, there will be a shorter and convenient quarantine period before the shooting competitions.
“I have already assured that India will conduct international tournament in such a way that COVID protocols will be followed but foreign players will not be staying in long quarantine and will not be discouraged to participate”, Mr Rijiju said after visiting the new Motera Stadium in Delhi.
Recently, there was a request placed before the ministry that the players must be vaccinated before the tournament and that the hard quarantine period of 14 days should be exempted.
“So what we are planning is that all delegates coming from the outside will have to get themselves testes before arriving and we will test them again upon their arrival at the airport. We will do it in such a way that it is convenient for them”, Mr Rijiju said.