The world’s first Online Shooting League could not have asked for a better start than the contest between the Italian Style and Austrian Rocks on Saturday. Two of the strongest teams in the six-team event features three Olympic quota shooters in Italians Marco Suppini, Lorenzo Bacci and Martin Strempfl of Austria.
Suppini, who is ranked 19th in the world, booked an Olympic berth at the 2019 Munich World Cup with a personal best of 631.3 followed with 163.7 in the final of the men’s 10m air rifle.
Currently ranked 36th in the world, Bacci won the Olympic quota at last year’s European Championship in Bologna after finishing fifth in men’s 50m rifle three positions with a score of 423.3 (1177).
Strempfl bagged the quota at last year’s World Cup in New Delhi with a score of 205.6 (629.2), for one of his best performances in an international competition.
Each team comprises three rifle shooters who will shoot a shot in every round under the ‘Race To 10’ format. A point will be awarded to the team which has a higher total of three shots. The team that reaches ten points first will win the match.
The six teams have been divided into two groups and the top two from each pool will make the semifinals on July 18 and 19. The final is slated for July 26 and will be preceded by the third-place match, a day earlier.
Where and when to watch the Online Shooting League:
Live streaming of all matches will be available on the Facebook page of indianshooting.com from 4:00 PM India time.