After the success of the first two International Online Shooting Championships, Shimon Sharif is stretching the third edition to include 100 participants, double the number of shooters from last time.
The championship will be played on May 9. Like in the first two editions, shooters will participate in the championship by logging on to the Zoom platform from their respective locations and shoot electronic targets set up in their houses, the screen for which will be shared for the scores to be marked. The competition will be live-streamed on the internet and prominent Indian international coaches will join in through video chats.
While the first edition had just the qualification round, the second one also had the 24-shot final for both the 10m air rifle and air pistol events.
The nationwide lockdown in India has been extended to May 17 and Sharif said the plan is to hold the championship every 15 days until the situation returns to normalcy. Sharif has largely succeeded in incorporating every possible real-life element to make the tournament as interesting and competitive as possible.
An electronic target setup, beside a mobile phone with internet connection, is all the shooters require to compete in the championship. While the inaugural edition featured only the qualifications, Sharif included a 24-shot final for both 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol events in the second championship.
After the COVID-19 pandemic led to either cancellation or postponement of all shooting events, including the ISSF World Cups, the online championship has generated a good amount of interest.