Moscow is ready to stage the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Championships with mixed team events due to be held for the first time.
The standalone shotgun event is taking place in Russia’s capital city for the first time, although the city has previously held the full Championships on two occasions.
An Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place this evening at the Foxlodge Shooting Range, venue for the competition.
Teams have already arrived for the Championships with athletes having started to become accustom to their surroundings during training.
Action will officially begin tomorrow with men’s and women’s trap qualification getting underway before the finals of the latter being held on Saturday (September 2) for both senior and junior athletes.
The men’s competition will conclude the following day.
Mixed team trap will make its debut at the Championships next Monday (September 4), with the discipline having been included on the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The ISSF decided earlier this year to introduced mixed gender team events in trap, 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol for Tokyo 2020 as they moved to implement the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Agenda 2020.
Part of the project set up by the IOC was to equal the balance between disciplines for men and women in the sports included on the Olympic programme.
Men’s double trap was removed from the Olympic programme to accommodate mixed team trap competition.
The discipline will still be held at the World Championships, with competition taking place on Tuesday (September 5), the day after the trap team event.
Attention will then turn toward skeet shooting, with training and qualification days due to be held next Wednesday and Thursday (September 6 and 7).
Women’s senior and junior skeet finals will be held the next day, followed by men’s action on September 9.
A mixed team skeet final will conclude the Championships on September 10.