Shooting highlights from London 2012 Paralympic Games

Shooting has been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1976 in Toronto and is open to all athletes who have a physical impairment.

The sport is a test of accuracy and control, in which competitors use pistols or rifles to fire a series of shots at a stationary target.

There are two categories of competition -- wheelchair and standing -- and athletes compete in rifle and pistol events from distances of 10m, 25m and 50m in men's, women's and mixed competitions.

Shooting employs a classification system that allows athletes from different disability classes to compete in the same event either individually or in teams.

The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Shooting Sport Technical Committee following the modified rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). These rules take into account the differences that exist between Shooting for the able-bodied and Shooting for persons with an impairment.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit

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