The Egypt 2023 Shotgun World Cup, run by the International Sports Shooting Federation, is a 10-day event to be held from 25 April to 5 May at the shooting range in Egypt’s International Olympic City in the New Administrative City in Cairo, reports Inas Mazhar.
The Olympic City combines 10 ranges.
The World Cup was scheduled to start on Tuesday 25 April after Al-Ahram Weekly went to press, with the arrival of the participating delegations and an unofficial training skeet for men and women. On Wednesday, men and women skeet training will be taking place followed by equipment control and the skeet technical meeting. The opening ceremony would then follow at 6pm Cairo Local Time.
The Shotgun World Cup includes five disciplines: trap men, trap women, skeet men, skeet women and the mixed team. Egypt is taking part in only four disciplines in the World Cup with a total of 18 male and female athletes in the trap men (5), trap women (5), skeet men (5) and skeet women (3). Egypt is not in the skeet mixed team.
According to the Egyptian Shooting Federation, trap men will see a total of 121 athletes from 43 nations, while 65 women from 30 nations are taking part in the trap event. Men’s skeet has 111 participants from 45 nations whereas 63 shooters from 25 nations are taking part in the women’s skeet. A total of 58 competitors from 19 countries will battle it out in the skeet mixed team.
According to the ISSF, the number of quota places for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will be awarded but ranking points will be recognised for Paris, as per ISSF rules.
The skeet competition runs from Thursday 27 April to Sunday 30 April, starting with the men’s 50 targets and the women’s 50 targets on Thursday and continues on Friday. The women’s 25 targets and the men’s 25 targets competition follows on Saturday morning. The finals take place on the afternoon of the same day, starting with the women’s final, followed by the men’s, after which the day ends with the victory ceremony. Sunday sees the skeet mixed team 75 targets from 9am till 2pm, while the final takes place at 15.30, followed by the victory ceremony at 17.00.
The trap event runs from Monday 1 May to 4 May starting with the men’s pre-event training trap for both men and women, followed by the equipment control and the technical meeting trap. The trap competitions are then held on Tuesday and Wednesday with the trap men & women 50 targets. Thursday sees the trap women and men 25 targets events. The day concludes with the final trap women, the men’s final and the awards ceremony.
The delegations leave Egypt on Friday.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 27 April, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly