By David Gold

shooting 2nd_FebFebruary 3 - The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has announced that two new shooting events will be included in the programme for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, taking the total number of  events to six.

The new events will be the air pistol and air rifle mixed team, and will take the total number of young shooters participating in Nanjing to 80.

Each team will consist of one male and one female athlete from different countries, and will be based on final rankings in air pistol and air rifle events.

Team events at Nanjing 2014, which will run over two days during August 16 to 28, will follow the four-day individual competition.

However, two shotgun events were not accepted onto the programme, as it would lead to unviable costs.

Qualification for the Youth Olympic Games will begin on April 1, 2013 and conclude on June 8, 2014.

"We are extremely satisfied of the fact that we will have two additional events in the Youth Olympic Games programme," ISSF secretary general Franz Schreiber said.

"Our first proposal included two new shotgun events, but this would have required an additional venue for shooting, and, therefore, the proposal could not be accepted.

"The ISSF has been supporting, and will keep on supporting the Youth Olympic Games, as we believe in the values carried on by this sport event.

"We are looking forward to a successful second edition of the [summer] Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, with extra opportunities given to our young shooters by the new events."

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