World Shooting Para Sport have welcomed the inclusion of the R9 mixed 50 metres rifle prone SH2 event to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games programme.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the final medal event programme for Tokyo 2020 early this month, with shooting among the sports to receive more medal events.
A World Cup event in Osijek, Croatia, which begins on Friday (September 22), will be the first competition for athletes to take part in the rifle event since the IPC approved the Tokyo 2020 programme.
World Shooting Para Sport Manager Tyler Anderson said: "This announcement is a positive step forward for our sport.
"We are thankful for the hard work of many to make this happen; it was truly a team effort.
"We are thrilled to have R9 on the programme after failed attempts to add it previously.
"R9 is an SH2 event."
Anderson said that while there were previously only two SH2 events, both at 10m, the new R9 event added 50m small-bone shooting.
"Overall, it has been a great year for shooting Para-sport with the addition of Para-trap to our family.
"Our sport is growing more and more."
R9 has been a part of the World Shooting Para Sport programme for more than 15 years, and has featured at four World Championships since 2002.
"With the inclusion of the R9 discipline for SH2 athletes at Tokyo 2020, we would like to see the participation grow toward that of the R4 and R5 disciplines," Anderson said.
"This in turn would help our athletes, our sport and the Paralympic Movement."