Olympic Shooting Events Shake-Up for 2020

In “A move towards gender balance” the International Olympic Committee has released the full program changes for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 15 new events are planned including events in swimming, archery, table tennis, triathlon, and more. Specifically, the IOC is looking to get to near 50% male to female athlete ratio.

As part of these changes, the shooting sports are going to see a reduction in their participation. Specifically, 30 less total athletes will be accepted into the shooting sports along with changes to events and new ones meant to increase female participation in the events.

Shooting sports were selected as one of four International Federations to move to gender-balanced events along with rowing, weightlifting, and canoeing. Men’s events slated for cancellation include double trap, 50m rifle prone, and 50m pistol events. In their stead will include trap mixed gender teams, air rifle mixed gender teams and air pistol mixed gender teams.

Don’t worry, six-time consecutive Olympic Medalist Kim Rhodes will not see any changes. She will be easily able to blaze a seventh separate Olympic city medal. No changes were announced for women’s shotgun sports. She may even be able to drag a US male onto the podium in the mixed trap gender teams!

The full 2020 Olympic Program and be found at the Olympic’s website here. 


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  • neckbone

    I’m sure the Muslim countries are on board with this wonderful plan. Next will be the white male is not allowed anymore.

    • Anonymoose

      The Muslim countries already don’t want women having guns. lol
      Maybe if Kurdistan becomes a real country and joins the IOC they could lead the way in changing that sentiment.

      • MeaCulpa

        The American optimism regarding the Kurds might turn out to be a bit too optimistic when/if they get their own country.

        • It’s almost as if no great power ever seems to learn the lesson that trying to affect regional politics by arming/supporting one group in hopes that they’ll attack a different group very rarely accomplishes the intended goal, especially in a region where people have been cheerfully killing the #$%& out of their neighbors since before language was invented. In Afghanistan they set their calendars by which foreign power is providing them with weapons to fight the proxies of which other foreign power at the moment.

        • Anonymoose

          I would trust them more than the Turks or Saudis.

        • pun&gun

          I hate American nation-building foreign policy, but I would like to see the Kurds carve out their own state just for their own sake. Being a stateless nation sucks under any circumstance, but given their situation of being split between several extant countries and suffering hostility from the current powers that be, they have it pretty rough.

    • MeaCulpa

      Yes, those damn muslims! Always trying to bring more women aboard sporting events. This and the Muslim pro bacon and beer agenda will bring about the downfall of western civilisation.

  • Louis C

    I hate to see the two 50m events go.

  • Ark

    Kind of surprised there is anything firearms-related still in the Olympics, to be honest.

    • Sam Damiano

      Give it a couple more Summer cycles. I would say I don’t see losing Biathlon, but a move of Winter to Japan would kill that, also.

      • nonobaddog

        Xcountry skiing is like a national sport in Russia so I think Biathlon can ride that and be pretty safe from any event purge.

    • pun&gun

      Me too. In addition to the difficulties stemming from other countries’ insane gun laws and the general hostility toward shooting from the Olympic brass, there’s definitely declining interest in the Olympic shooting sports. It’s really no surprise though, as they’re pretty much objectively boring. Practicing only with the most neutered forms of firearms, designed to be as far away from real, practical arms as possible, on games that are arguably the most boring in their class… it’s a wonder anyone bothers to watch it. If they’d add something like COMPAQ or FITASC to the shotgun games, where the types and presentations of targets add a lot more interest and variety, that would get more viewership than any of the trap variants, and adding some steel or otherwise reactive targets or a more practical presentation to the single-projectile events would help there as well. I’d gladly watch Olympic IDPA, USPSA, 3-gun, or steel matches, but watching people poke holes in a stationary piece of paper with a piddly airgun or .22 is like watching hair grow.

      • Norm Glitz

        IPSC tried to become an Olympic event a couple of decades ago. The IOC rejected them as “too military” or something like that. But they let in rhythmic gymnastics.

  • Jeff

    “Specifically, 30 less total athletes…”

    That would be fewer, not less.

    • Sean

      Paying attention to the real issue here

  • This is what happens to your Olympic games when you remove Zeus and replace him with “gender” balance.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Less of naked dudes wrestling isn’t so bad. While I’ll miss some of the shooting events, more archery is always welcome.

      • Edeco

        Honi soit que mal y pense

      • RJ

        What if they added naked women’s wrestling – you know, for equality?

        • ostiariusalpha

          That would only be fair. For equality!


    Why some people are triying to force societes into their ideology,UK/UE and the UN are ruled by total fascists tirans that think the people are sheeps.

  • Jim

    “Don’t worry, six-time consecutive Olympic Medalist Kim Rhodes will not see any changes”

    Kim Rhodes is an actress, Kim Rhode is the Olympic Medalist.

  • QuadGMoto

    That any group is explicitly excluded from participation to promote “equality” in activities where there is often not equal interest in participating should be a clue that something is very, very wrong with that idea.

    • rennsport4.4TV8

      What group is excluded? Sports get cut and added every year. That is nothing new.

      • QuadGMoto

        In this case they are explicitly limiting the number of men participating to artificially create “equality”.

        • rennsport4.4TV8

          That is not exclusion. Is it exclusion when they replace one sport with another? Just because the sport that replaced it happened to be a women’s or mixed event that doesn’t mean it is exclusion. That’s how I see it. It can be veiled or explained however one wants. Sports get axed and replaced all the time. I’ve never seen anywhere where men’s or woman’s events have to be replaced by events of the same gender.

          • QuadGMoto

            If they were removing particular events because there was less (or dropping) interest in them, or there was more interest in something else and they had to cut less popular ones to make room for it, that would be one thing. But that is not what is going on here. They were very explicit:

            “A move towards gender balance”

            That is a “goal” which is motivating exclusion.

            P.S. From the very top of that linked Olympic page:

            Commenting on the decision, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.”

            And further down the page:

            Today’s decision is a significant step towards achieving the 50 per cent gender balance at the Olympic Games in both athletes and events, as clearly stated by Olympic Agenda 2020.

          • .45

            I have liberal leanings and see a strong need for equality in this country, but I too am leery of artificially creating it. And what’s up with “more youthful” and “urban”? We don’t want old people in the Olympics or any of them country folk? That part sounds like buzzword BS to me.

          • UWOTM8

            they ARE buzzwords, m8

          • pun&gun

            The “urban” bit is about as irksome to me as the forced equality. Are they saying rural people and their interests are less important?

          • Norm Glitz


          • Tom Currie

            Sorry, ma’am, but you’re babbling again

      • jonp

        If this is equality then where are the woman’s sports that get cut like synchronized swimming etc that no one cares about?

        • I am reasonably certain that a sport which involves a team of athletic swimsuit-clad women gyrating in unison is in absolutely no danger of being cut.

          • jonp

            Well, there is that…

      • Norm Glitz

        Women are excluded from men’s events and men are excluded from women’s.

        In the case of shooting events, they were open to all in the beginning, but separated when women started winning over men. The French couldn’t take it.

  • gusto

    double trap is the best.

    make it co-ed again instead

    females have taken gold and other medals before it was gender separated IIRC

    one of the few sports that can be unisex so let it

  • MrBrassporkchop

    Do transgender athletes count as both?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Not unless they identify as non-binary.

  • Tom

    Here’s an idea if this is about equality lets just let the women and men compete together, its not like women are incapable of competing with men in shooting sports.

    • QuadGMoto

      Some events include elements where physical differences comes into play. For example, biathlon’s physical elements cannot be equal between the sexes.

      • Tom

        True of Biathlon but for most shooting sports (just like equestrian) the physical advantages men have are moot.

    • Did you see how many Gold medals Kim Rhode has in that photo? There’s equality and there’s equality— ain’t no way the IOC is gonna approve a change that regularly has women kickin’ dudes’ butts in sports where extra muscle doesn’t afford a significant advantage.

      • Norm Glitz

        Old picture. Add one more for the current count.

  • Spencer

    Let me get this straight. They are banning certain unisex events because they want more female athletes?

  • HMSLion

    Not real happy about them ditching 50m Free Pistol. It’s one of the very few events left from 1896…and shot on the same target as it was then. You can practice it anywhere…Rapid Fire is far more scarce. I doubt there’s more than a dozen working RF bays in the U.S.

  • jonp

    No way on Planet Earth Kim could shoot well enough to drag my sorry behind onto the podium with her.
    More equal outcomes for all not what people want to watch or see. Excuse me while I watch a re-run of the 2017 WNBA Championships

  • nonobaddog

    Politics and Olympics don’t mix well. The politics ruins the Olympics as well as many other things it touches but shouldn’t.

    • Nashvone

      So…the Olympics have been ruined since ’96….got it…

      • nonobaddog

        Where did you get that? You are coming from left field.
        Politics have been destroying the Olympics for a long time. From the political killings in Germany in 1972 to corruption of the committee to selling hosting choices to political boycotts, etc. Now messing with athletic events for political reasons. It goes on and on.

        • Norm Glitz

          I’ll wager Nashvone meant 1896.

  • uncle bobedy

    (Yay gender equality, yaaay!) (that was a joke) I guess this is the end of all that toxic masculinity in the shooting sports at the Olympics, or could it be more shoveling shyt to keep ratings up among SJW viewers? hahahaha wtf is this stuff? another victory for something somewhere at sometime?

  • Tom Currie

    There has never been any reason to hold separate “Men’s” and “Women’s” events in the shooting sports with the slight possibility of biathlon.

  • some other joe

    Reading this, are the shooting sports mentioned going away or are they converting to mixed events? So men’s 50m pistol converts to mixed 50m pistol; the event isn’t going away (50m pistol), they’re changing who competes in it (men vs men and women)? So what, except for biathlon and modern pentathlon, why should shooting sports not be mixed events?

    • Norm Glitz

      50M pistol is just going away.

      IMHO, all shooting sports should all be mixed gender. They were in the beginning, but then a few women started winning and the French (who ran things at the time) got all offended and made separate women’s shooting events. Hafta keep the girls in their place, don’t yo know.

  • Dave Buck

    Air pistol? Boy that’s exciting. Not! Far rather see the 50m events carry on. And why the reduction in overall shooter numbers? Where’s the reduction in stupid ball-chasing events? Very hard not to see this as an assault on the shooting sports, more than some gender-balance thing. Heck, shooting is the one sport where the genders can compete on an equal footing.

  • bthomas

    Guess they got to find some way to try and get more people to watch the women do more than wear swim suits. They dumb the shooting down to basically .22 LR and air guns. Understand. Politically incorrect to actually use real rifles/pistols. Wonder when they will just throw all the boys and girls out on the track, in the swimming pool, etc. and let the best one come out on top? Oh … that’s right! Not a good idea. The politically correct would not like the politically incorrect outcome.