Shooters fight for Commonwealth Games future
Australia has just finished a very successful Commonwealth games in all shooting diciplines. The sad part is our latest gold medal winners could be the last of their kind in the shooting diciplines for Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
Yahoo sports reported organisers claim it's due to venue concerns, but insiders see that as a convenient excuse for the Games to bid goodbye to a misunderstood sport that carries undeniable political baggage.
Shooting Australia CEO Damien Marangon said the organisation was "bitterly disappointed" with the decision but was working hard in the background to get it changed.
The International Sport Shooting Federation has tried to shed its conservative image in recent years with a series of rule changes to allow music and crowd noise and a new format designed to generate heightened tension in finals.
Shooting must continue to trend in that direction to have any hope of clawing back mainstream relevancy.
At the Gold Coast Games, it seemed to work well, with each gold medal decider a lockout.
"The hype of it all, this environment... years ago it was all hush hush. It's certainly changed a lot," retiring pistol shooter David Chapman said.
"Hopefully it becomes a better sport for the media to cover – and society realises that guns aren't dangerous, it's the people involved."
Shooting Results for 2018 Commonwealth Games