Coming off the back of a successful 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea, World Shooting Para Sport has revealed the host of the 2019 edition.
Sydney, Australia, is next in line to welcome the top shooters from around the world next October, with detailed competition dates to be announced.
The 2019 World Championships aligns with the change to odd-year Championships, as the previous six editions were held every four years in between Paralympic Games. It will be organised by Shooting Australia.
The competition will take place with under a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and will be the international federation’s largest quota allocation event for those upcoming Games.
Additionally, the 2019 Worlds will see the first shooting Para sport event to combine rifle, pistol and the newly-added Para trap disciplines. Only a year ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved Para trap as an official discipline under World Shooting Para Sport.
Tyler Anderson, World Shooting Para Sport Manager said: “After a successful event in Cheongju, we now turn our sights to the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships to take place in Sydney, Australia. This is planned to be our most marquee event ever outside of the Paralympic Games with our new World Championships structure, and it carries great significance with less than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“The Sydney International Shooting Centre and Shooting Australia have an excellent reputation for hosting world-class events. With a newly renovated venue and experienced staff, we are thrilled to offer 54 quotas and 54 chances for athletes to chase their Paralympic dream.”
Damien Marangon, Chief Executive Officer of Shooting Australia, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Sydney 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships.
“This is a critical event in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. We look forward to delivering a world-class event and to welcoming our shooting Para sport friends and family from across the globe to what promises to be an amazing event.
“We’ve got a great venue, a great location and we can’t wait to host the World Championships here in 2019.
“We’re really excited and lucky to have been at the 2018 World Championships in Cheongju, and we learned a lot. They did a great job just in terms of how smooth it went and other areas such as transport, and we were there to take away some things that could make our World Championships even better.”
Cheongju 2018 was the sixth edition and saw 220 athletes from 46 countries compete across 13 individual Paralympic medal events from 4-11 May.
Hosts South Korea won the most individual medals with eight, followed by China (seven) and Ukraine (six).
Slovakia however secured the most gold individual medals with four, including two from Veronika Vadovicova.
Australia saw success in Cheongju with team silver in the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1).
Sydney held a World Cup in September 2015, which provided direct quota allocations to the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and the 2019 Worlds will be held in a newly-renovated shooting range used during the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.