USA Shooting heads to India to kick off the International Shooting Sports Federation’s 2019 World Cup season.
USA Shooting brings 18 athletes with them to New Delhi to face off against nearly 500 athletes from 58 countries. Events include both rifle and pistol. Athletes for the ISSF World Cup were selected during the Winter Airgun Championships and Smallbore Selection Match in late 2018.
Filling out the rifle squad, Shooting USA sends Sarah Beard, Tim Sherry, Sagen Maddalena, Mary Tucker and Nick Mowrer. Rounding out the team on the pistol side is James Hall, Alexis Lagan, Nathalia Tobar and Keith Sanderson.
Athletes compete for medals during the World Cup as well as 2020 Olympic Games quotas. Quotas allow countries to participate in specific events in the 2020 Olympics. Athletes must earn an Olympic quota during competition to secure an American spot for specific Olympic events. Close to earning its required quotas, the U.S. still needs a few more to close the gap.
“Of the 16 individual athlete quotas the United States would need to send a full team in the Rifle and Pistol events to the Olympic Games, U.S. athletes have earned two of a possible eight in Pistol and five of a possible eight in Rifle,” USA Shooting said in a news release.
The ISSF World Cup runs through Feb. 28.