Tokyo 2020: Qualification slots secured

More than 70 places at next Paralympics already claimed 25 Feb 2019
Para shooters sitting in wheelchairs firing rifles on the range

Tokyo 2020 Qualification slots were up for grabs at the Al Ain World Cup

ⒸAl Ain 2019
By World Shooting Para Sport

Brazil, Hungary and Mongolia have all secured qualification for shooting Para sport events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games following the Al Ain 2019 World Cup, while China and Turkey guaranteed three new slots in UAE.

Alexandre Galgani guaranteed a place for Brazil in the R5 – mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2, while Krisztina David gave Hungary a slot in the P2 – female’s 10m air pistol SH1 and Ganbaatar Zandraa for Mongolia in the P4 – mixed 50m pistol SH1.

There are 154 slots available for Tokyo 2020 and 76 of them have already been achieved so far.

Shooters will have a new chance at the World Championships in Sydney, Australia, in October when 53 slots will be awarded. Then there will be 18 available in next year’s World Cup.

Athletes can secure quota for their countries but it does not necessarily mean that they will be competing in the Paralympic Games. Each National Paralympic Committee (NPC) defines its own criteria to determine who qualifies for Tokyo 2020.

No country has been awarded more slots so far than South Korea with 10 (nine at home in last year’s World Championships in Cheongju and one at the Chateauroux 2018 World Cup).

China comes second with nine slots so far, followed by Ukraine with seven.

The Chinese topped the shooting Para sport medals table at the Rio 2016 Games with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Slovakia (two gold and one silver) came second followed by Iran (two gold).

Osijek, Croatia, will host the next World Cup in the 2019 season from 23-25 July. Athletes will be competing for minimum qualification score (MQS) for the Sydney 2019 Worlds.