Shooting Para Sport
Athletes with a disability compete in a range of events across Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun disciplines
There are men’s, women’s and mixed events.
Of the 13 Paralympic Shooting events, seven are open to both women and men, with three additional events separated for men and women.
Athletes with disabilities have competed in shooting at the Paralympic Games since the 1976 Toronto Paralympic Games.
The sport follows rules of the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) in conjunction with its own WSPS Technical Rules and Regulations.
Shooters who can hold the weapon (rifle or pistol) without any support. Athletes are divided into subclasses A, B and C, based on their remaining trunk stability. Subclasses are mostly defined by the height of the backrest.
Shooters who need a support (support stand) to hold a rifle. Athletes are divided into subclasses A, B and C, based on their remaining trunk stability. Subclasses are mostly defined by the height of the backrest.
Officially adopted in February 2020 following the transference of governance of VI shooting from the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) to World Shooting Para Sport. Sights on the rifle are replaced by a special aiming device that will produce a sound when on target. The target also needs a special component that will detect the rifle aiming device signal. The higher the pitch the more center on the target the shot will be. A loader or assistant is required for each athlete (loading the rifle and make sure the athlete is pointing at his target). There are currently 2 events with air rifles:
Officially adopted by World Shooting Para Sport following the approval of the IPC Governing Board in May of 2017. First ever World Cup took place in Lonato, Italy in September 2017. There are 3 subclasses: