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Skeet shooting: from Thursday at the European Championships, the Olympic cards are up for grabs

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(ANSA) – LARNACA, 22 AUGUST – With the arrival of the Italian national team of Olympic Trench in Cyprus, the long ‘marathon’ of the European Shooting Championships has officially begun, scheduled in Larnaca from Thursday 25 August to 11 September. The continental review is the first step towards the Paris 2024 Games, with two Olympic Cards up for grabs for each of the Senior Individual Finals. The Fossa specialists led by director Albano Pera will inaugurate the European Championships.

The Tarantino policeman Mauro De Filippis, Lorenzo Ferrari from Brescia and Daniele Resca, the carabiniere of Pieve di Cento, will try their hand at the clay pigeons. Therefore, the absence of the blue veteran (52 years old) Giovanni Pellielo stands out, four Olympic medals in as many editions of the Games and still on the crest of the wave, as evidenced by the victory in the Green Cup. But Pera decided not to call him.

Among the women, the 2012 London Olympian Jessica Rossi, the Modenese Giulia Grassia and the Swiss ‘native’ Silvana Maria Stanco, from Winterthur, will compete for Italy in Trap.

With the team there is also the president of Fitav Luciano Rossi, who has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the world shooting federation, the Issf. The shooting elections will be held on November 30 in Sharm El Sheik and Rossi’s rival will be the current president, the Russian oligarch Vladimir Lisin who in 2018 beat him by only 4 votes, 144 to 148.

Lisin has an estimated personal assets of 29.8 billion dollars but in his four-year presidency of Issf the shooting has lost appeal and has stood out for continuous changes in regulations and competition formulas. The last rule, considered bizarre by many, is to prevent two shooters from the same nation from winning two Olympic passes in the same match: if two Italians in Cyprus finish first and second, Italy will only have one Olympic pass.

Rossi, meanwhile, points out that if there is no change of the guard, skeet shooting in Paris 2024 will risk competing in Châteauroux, a French village over 270 km from the capital, and would be “a striking example of the decline of the movement”. (HANDLE).

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