The International Shooting Sport Federation, also known with the acronym ISSF, is the governing body of the Olympic Shooting events in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events. ISSF’s activities include regulation of the sport, Olympic qualifications and organization of internatioal competitions such as the ISSF World Cup Series, the ISSF World Cup Finals, the ISSF Separate World Championship in Shotgun events and the ISSF World Championship in all events. Founded in 1907 as the International Shooting Union, and then changing its name in 1998, the ISSF affiliates nowadays over 150 National Shooting Federations from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Since 1980, the ISSF Presidency is held by Mr. Olegario Vázquez Raña, a successful entrepreneur and a member of Mexico’s shooting team at all Olympic Games from 1964 to 1976 and all World Championships from 1966 to 1979. The ISSF headquarters is based in Munich, Germany.
The Important ISSF History Milestones:
19th century – During the 19th century, earlier forms of organizations such as shooting clubs developed into national shooting federations. The Société Suisse des Carabiniers was founded in 1824 in Switzerland; Queen Victoria inaugurated the British National Rifle Association in 1859. Duke Ernst II of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha founded the Deutscher Schützenbund in 1861, and military leaders established the National Rifle Association of America (USA) in 1871.
1896 – The shooting sport began part of the modern Olympic Family since its first steps. In the first Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, 39 shooters from seven nations competed in three pistol and two highpower rifle events. Shooting also was included in the program of the second Olympic Games where 139 shooters from 13 nations competed in three pistol, five rifle, two clay target and one running target events.
1947 – After the conclusion of the Second World War, eight member federations agreed on holding a World Championship and a General Assembly in Stockholm in 1947. There, Erik Carlsson, President of the Swedish shooting federation was elected as the third ISSF President and Karl August Larsson as its Secretary General.
1948 – 300m Rifle event returns at the Olympic program of the 1948 Games after missing since 1924
1955 – The first European Shooting Championship was held in 1955 in Bucharest, Rumania. The European Shooting Confederation was formally organized in 1958 and has continued to organize European Championships on an annual or bi-annual basis.
1966 – Air Rifle event was added at the ISSF program.
1970 – Air Pistol event was added at the ISSF program.
1975 – Mr. Olegario Vazquez Raña was elected President of the Mexican Shooting Federation.
1993 – The ISSF established the Training Academy in 1993. By conducting regular courses in several locations, the ISSF Academy has now trained over 400 shooting coaches from 74 different national federations.
1998 – At the 1998 General Assembly in Barcelona, the word “sport” was formally incorporated into the ISSF’s modern name, “International Shooting Sport Federation.”
2004 – The Olympic Games of Athens saw a record participation of 106 countries, presenting 390 shooters to compete in 17 events.
2006 – The most recent World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006, saw a record of participations: 1932 athletes from 97 countries were hosted in Zagreb. With the junior events, there were 54 individual and 51 team events.
2013 – Following the London Games, the ISSF introduces major changes to its rules. Olympic Shooting events’ finals will from now on start from zero: the qualification score is not carried forward into the Finals anymore. Shotgun events see the introduction of semi-finals and medal matches. Rifle and Pistol Finals are now conducted elimination-style.
Contact: ISSF President, IOC Member, Olegario Vazquez Rana, Torre Angeles II, Piso 15, Presidencia, Camino a Santa Teresa 1055, Col. Heroes de Padierna, MEX – Mexico City D.F. 10700, MEXICO, Phone: +52 (55) 54496242 (Office), Phone: +52 (55) 55685222 (Home), Fax: +52 (55) 54496245 (Office), Email: email@example.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Email: email@example.com, Web: http://www.issf-sports.org.
The organization of the European Shooting Championships was decided at the Congress of The International Shooting Union held in Helsinki in 1952. It was the merit of Romania to organize them for the first time three years later, in 1955. According to the Secretary General of the International Shooting Union at that time, Karl-August Larson, Sweden, the intention of establishing the championships was to organize them in such a way that the number of participants was similar to those of the shooters who took part in the World Championships before the Second World War.
The 1st European Championships at the Tunari shooting range in Bucharest were contested under UIT control and very successfully organized by the National Shooting Federation under the patronage of the President of the Romanian Republic.
It is said that the competitions were at the level of the great traditional championships initiated in 1897.
Moreover they brought new important things in the field of shooting sport as official competitions for women and juniors. The importance of these championships also lays in the fact that they contributed to the development of the shooting sport in the World, continuing the tradition of the Olympic events set forth in Athens in 1896.
The result lists from Bucharest show that USSR won 12 of 13 team medals and 13 individual medals.
Regional competitions were organized as well, of Balkan countries, Latin countries, Nordic countries, and of a union of small European countries. The large agenda of competitions and the achievements at the level of performance contributed to the foundation of the other four continental organizations, confirmed by the International Shooting Union.
The European Shooting Confederation was a direct outcome of a Committee for European Affairs, which the International Shooting Union set up in 1958, during the World Championships in Moscow. Dr. Kurt Hasler was its first chairman.
The Committee worked intensively for the development of the shooting sport in Europe and proposed during the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 the formation of the European Shooting Confederation. Four years later a motion was put before the UIT General Assembly to work out statutes for the Confederation.
It was during the European Championships in Pilzen in 1969 the European Shooting Confederation was formed on 18th August. Representatives of 23 nations were present at the inaugural meeting. This figure includes the Middle East and the North African Mediterranean area federations whose members were, originally, allowed to compete but were not eligible to win European titles.
Gavrila Barani of Romania, a Vice President of the UIT since 1960, has replaced Dr. Kurt Hasler as chairman of the European Committee. It was fitting that he should be appointed President of the new body. His leadership continued to the benefit of European shooting sport until 1989.
Björn Schullström, Sweden, was his successor. He kept the position until 1993, when he left after one period of office.
Gianpiero Armani, Italy was then elected. He chaired the Confederation until he decided to retire in 2001.
In Zagreb, Croatia, on 22. July 2001, the General Assembly elected Unni Nicolaysen, Norway as its first female President and for the first time there were no rival candidates for the position.
Unni Nicolaysen was the ESC President during eight years. On July 11, 2009 at the XXIII General Assembly in Osijek, Croatia, she was succeeded by Vladimir Lisin, Russia. He won the elections to Luciano Rossi, Italy, and became the fifth President of the ESC. On May 18, 2013 during the XXIV Genral Assembly in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Lisin was reconfirmed as President for the next four-years term.
Contact: Vladimir Lisin, Luzhnetskaya nab., 8, 119991, Moscow, Russia, Phone: +7 495 221 30 05, Fax: +7 495 221 30 07, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 29 January 1991 was founded Olympic Committee of the Republic of Moldova. Efim Josanu was elected president, Nicolae Ambrosi – Secretary General, Grigore Valentin Popov Gutu – vice. 51 people became members of CNO.
In 1992 Moldova was visited by IOC President J. A. Samaranch. 13 Moldovan athletes participated to the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Weightlifter Tudor Casapu became Olympic champion, Viaceslav Gorpisin gold medalist in handball, swimmer Iurie Bascatov, silver medalist Natalia Valeev archery double bronze medalist.
Moldovan Olympic team attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, XXVII edition. Oleg Moldovan (TIR) won the silver medal, and Vitalie Gruşac (box) acquired the bronze medal. In ranking the nation Moldova was ranked 62 out of 199 participating countries.
Contact: President – Nicolae Juravski, National Olympic and Sports Committee, Pushkin Street 11, Chisinau, Moldova, Tel: 22-31-83, Fax: 22-88-21, E-mail: email@example.com.