USA Shooting to Host World Cup in Texas

KERRVILLE, Texas- The ISSF World Cup USA, scheduled for May 5-11, will bring more than 40 countries and 300 athletes and officials to Hill Country Shooting Sports Center (HCSSC) in Kerrville, Texas to contest the Olympic shotgun disciplines. USA Shooting, the National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports in the United States, will conduct this event as the official sponsor and host.

“As always, we are thrilled to be able to showcase and promote our sport within the U.S.,” Bob Mitchell, CEO of USA Shooting said. “It is particularly exciting to be able to host this World Cup at the new Hill Country Shooting Sport Center given that during the competition the venue will be awarded status as an official Olympic Training Center for the shooting sports. We are honored to have the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) President Olegario Vázquez Raña present for the dedication, and look forward to this World Cup being the first of many international events conducted at the Kerrville complex.”
The USA World Cup will not only provide athletes the opportunity to achieve their Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS), a necessity for competitors who plan to attend the 2008 Olympic Games, but also gives the athlete an opportunity to qualify for country participation slots for the Olympic Games.
Among the top American athletes competing at this World Cup are three-time Olympian’s Lance Bade (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Connie Smotek (Lyons, Texas), two-time Olympian Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas), and USA Shooting Athletes of the Year Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa).
Some of the top foreign shooters that have also confirmed their attendance are Italy’s skeet shooter Ennio Falco and trap shooter Giovanni Pellielo, China’s skeet shooter Hong Yan Shi and trap shooter Chen Li, and Australia’s trap and double trap shooter Russell Mark.
The World Cup USA kicks off today with the opening ceremonies and official dedication of the HCSSC at 4 p.m., immediately followed by a barbecue put on for all the competitors and volunteers. On May 6-7, men’s and women’s skeet will be contested. The men’s double trap event will follow on May 8, while the men’s and women’s trap event will round out the competition on May 10-11.
For more information on the 2006 USA World Cup, please contact USA Shooting’s media department at 719-310- 2606, or by email at sara.john@usashooting.org . For complete results or to watch the competition as it happens, please log on to http://www.isff.tv

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