April 16 - The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) is to gather in London for its annual General Assembly tomorrow for a meeting that will coincide with the London 2012 shooting test event.
The test event, which doubles as the ISSF World Cup, will take place at the Royal Artillery Barracks from April 17 to 29 with the world's best shooters set to compete in rifle, pistol and shotgun events.
The majority of the 200 delegates from 100 nations attending the General Assembly at the Grange Tower Hotel will, following the meeting, attend the World Cup event that takes place every two years.
Delegates will hear reports on the 2013 ISSF Shotgun World Championships to be held in Lima, Peru, and the 2014 ISSF World Championships in Granada, Spain.
Discussions concerning the second 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, will also be on the agenda given that the ISSF has recently launched two new mixed-team events.
The gathering will also decide on the hosts of the 2015 ISSF Shotgun World Championships and 2018 ISSF World Championship; a new ISSF constitution draft will also proposed and debated.
The General Assembly will be led by ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña of Mexico.
Vázquez Raña, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and ISSF President since 1980, is the brother of Mario Vázquez Raña, the high-profile President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) President who recently resigned from his twin roles of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President and head of Olympic Solidarity.
The focus after the General Assembly will move to the Olympic Games test event.
During the Games, the famous Royal Artillery Barracks location near Woolwich Common in South East London, will provide the backdrop for the Olympic shooting, and Paralympic shooting and archery competitions.
Four temporary indoor ranges (pictured above) for pistol and rifle shooting have been built for the Games along with outdoor shotgun ranges for trap and skeet events.
Temporary spectator grandstands will be provided at each range while London 2012 is working with the Government and other key parties to identify legacy opportunities where elements of the venue and sports equipment could be reused after the Games.
The Barracks has a long military history and the construction of the current buildings began in 1776.
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