Month-long online shooting league to start from July 4

The league will see up to eight teams compete for the top honours in a unique format designed by former Indian shooter Shimon Sharif.

Buoyed by the success of the online shooting championships, former Indian shooter Shimon Sharif is all set to roll out the inaugural Online Shooting League on July 4.  

A month-long meet, which will be run over the weekends, is expected to see some of the top shooters around the world compete in it.

“Shooting is a very individual sport and the league will offer a chance to encourage team spirit and bonding among the players,” Shimon Sharif, the brain behind the event, told the Olympic Channel.

 “The league will also target to increase the fan following for our sport as I strongly believe that a team event has a bigger fan following than individuals.”

The league is expected to feature up to eight teams made up of both rifle and pistol shooters. Moreover, the event will not be restricted to Indian shooters alone and the teams will be allowed to include up to two shooters from other nationalities.

“I think it’s the first time that the sport will witness a unique combination of rifle and pistol shooters competing as a team,” said the former Indian shooter.

“Every team will comprise four shooters, two rifle and two pistol, and a coach who will all log in from their respective locations.”

A unique format

The competition will see the teams being divided into two pools with the side with the lowest points in each group at the end of the qualifying rounds being eliminated. The eliminations will be held over three weekends.

“It's a very interesting concept not like a usual long qualification match of 60 shots. This will be 'Race to 10' in which a point will be awarded to the higher scoring team after every round of a shot and the team which reaches 10 points first is the winner,” explained Shimon Sharif.

Tokyo Olympic quota winner Martin Strempfl of Austria is among the confirmed participants for the Online Shooting League. Photo: ISSF
Tokyo Olympic quota winner Martin Strempfl of Austria is among the confirmed participants for the Online Shooting League. Photo: ISSFTokyo Olympic quota winner Martin Strempfl of Austria is among the confirmed participants for the Online Shooting League. Photo: ISSF

So far, Austria has confirmed its participation, which includes Tokyo Olympic quota winner Martin Strempfl, while teams from France and England have also expressed their desire to turn up for the competition.

With online shooting being received well by the shooting community, Shimon Sharif hoped that the event found a place in the international shooting calendar post the pandemic as well.

“The concept of online shooting goes beyond the lockdown as it gives shooters the opportunity to come together from all over the world without the expense of travelling.

“Maybe the ISSF can look at the possibility of setting up a few online competitions in addition to their regular competitions,” he hoped.

The event will be streamed live on the IndianShooting.com Facebook page.

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