Baku, January 15, AZERTAC
The European Shooting Confederation (ESC) has confirmed the postponement of an event offering qualification places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to insidethegames.biz.
The European 10-Metre Championships in rifle, pistol and running target were due to be staged from February 26 to March 6 in the Finnish city of Lohja, but organizers have decided to call it off over concerns related to the global health crisis.
The ESC is now set to consider the possibility of staging the event at a later date in the hope of providing qualification opportunities for Tokyo 2020 hopefuls.
Six quota places were scheduled to be on offer in Lohja - four in rifle and two in the pistol event.
A further 10 spots are set to be up for grabs in Osijek in Croatia, which is expected to host the European Championships in shotgun, 25m pistol and 50m rifle from May 23 to June 6.
Those quota places were due to be allocated at the 2020 European Shotgun Championships in Châteauroux in France and the 2020 European Olympic Qualification Championship in Plzeň in the Czech Republic, before the events were cancelled because of the pandemic.
Should the European Championships not be able to take place, continental rankings as of May 31, 2020 will be used to allocate Tokyo 2020 berths instead.
Including team events, a maximum of 360 places are available for the Games.