1. Opening Ceremony

The 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday 18 July in Suhl City Centre. This will be the single event that introduces the Championships and the people that define this special time in Paralympic Sport.

All athlete and team officials must wear accreditation passes to enable participation in the Opening Ceremony.

1.1 Transport

To the Ceremony

Athletes and Team Officials representing their delegation for the Parade should be in the Lobby of the Ringberg Hotel for the Opening Ceremony dressed in their official uniforms. From 17:30 the shuttle from the Hotel to the Platz der Deutschen Einheit starts in an alphabetic order.

From the Ceremony

From 20:15 on there will be busses, which go up to the hotel and come back immediately. The last bus runs at 23:15h.

1.2 Parade of Teams

Once in the Protocol Preparation Area, the Team Official will be handed their national flag and the athlete and team official will be positioned in the appropriated position in line.

The first marching nation in the line (Argentina) will stop at the last plinth/resting place in line, followed by the other nations. Volunteers will guide the way.Please note: The athletes and team officials who are parading are not allowed to bring cameras.

1.3 Ceremony Order

19:00 Welcome and Introduction of Dignitaries

Playing the National Anthem and Hoisting of National

Flag Parade of Nations

Traditional Dance

Official Speeches

Hoisting of Paralympic Flag and Playing of Paralympic Anthem

Traditional Music

Oath of Athlete, Coach, Official

20:00 End of the official Opening Ceremony

20:00 Performance of the AC/DC cover band "Hells Balls"

2. Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony takes place at the 26 July 2014 at 19:00h in the Ringberg Hotel.

19:00 Welcome and Introduction of Dignitaries

Playing of National Anthem and Hoisting of National Flag

Parade of Nations (1 Person per NPC brings the flag into the Closing Ceremony)

4 dishes will be served (please let us know if you have some vergetarians)

Traditional Dance

Official Speeches

Taking the Paralympic Flag down and Playing of Paralympic Anthem

Traditional Music

Oath of Athlete, Coach, Official

22:00 End of the official Opening Ceremony, Party

3. Flower Ceremonies

The Flower Ceremony will take place directly after the final at the final range.

4. Victory Ceremonies

The Victory Ceremony will take place at the Championships Hotel “Ringberg Hotel”each evening. The regular shuttle from the range can be used.