Following print and online stories published in Fairfax Media publications last evening and today, Shooting Australia has provided the following statement.
Australia only managed to secure one quota in Men’s Skeet for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This was achieved at Oceania Shooting Federation Championships, in November 2019.
Whilst Australia had the opportunity to secure a second quota on the ‘open market’ (i.e. at the 2018 World Championships or at World Cups in 2019), unfortunately we were unable to produce a performance that could secure a second quota.
“As detailed in Clause 5.4 of Shooting Australia’s nomination criteria (www.shootingaustralia.org/high-performance/high-performance-policies), Shooting Australia reserved the right and sole discretion to request the change of a maximum of one quota place in one event, for one quota place in any other event within the same gender.
“Shooting Australia could exercise this right if, in its opinion, the single change could increase the chances of the Australian Olympic team winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“This quota swap could only occur if the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), who conduct the shooting program at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, agree to a quota change for the Australian team prior to the submission of our team to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).
“Any request to the ISSF for a quota change does not guarantee that such a request would be granted. As such, there has been no guarantees given to any athletes regarding quota swaps.
“Shooting Australia had opened a dialogue with the ISSF about quota change scenarios in February this year. However, because of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many qualifying events have been either cancelled or postponed and the ISSF was unable to agree to any quota change, if it was proposed, for Australia.
“The ISSF’s advice regarding its inability to grant any proposed quota shift was communicated to Shooting Australia after the completion of the fourth of final nomination event on March 22.
“At all stages of the nomination process, Shooting Australia encouraged all athletes, who had registered Minimum Qualification Scores and therefore eligible for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games selection, to participate in all four nomination events in an attempt to top the nomination scoreboard, or perform strongly to be considered for a confirmed second quota position.
“It was our responsibility to ensure all athletes knew about all the different team nomination possibilities, which included a range of quota swap scenarios. But we could never make any promises because at the end of the day, the swap needed to be permitted by the ISSF.
“The fourth and final Nomination Events for pistol, rifle and shotgun athletes, held at the Sydney International Shooting Centre and at the Wingfield Rifle Range in Adelaide, were undertaken in strict accordance to Government regulations which were in place at the time.
“These events took place prior to any interstate travel restrictions being implemented.
“No athlete or official, who attended the fourth and final Nomination Events has tested positive to COVID-19.”
Further information, Greg Campbell, PRISM Strategic Communications, Ph: 0418 239 139.