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ISSF President Congratulates New IOC President Bach

Dr. Thomas Bach of Germany was elected as new President of the International Olympic Com- mittee, during the 125th IOC session taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 59-year old Bach, a 1976 fencing Olympic gold med- allist, succeeds the outgoing IOC President Jacques Rogge, who had been in charge for 12 years. Bach then presented the Olym- pic Order, the IOC highest recog- nition, to Rogge.

“The ISSF expresses its warm-

est congratulations to the new IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach,”

The Bunker Club had their annual outing in Cody, Wyo.Sep- tember 6-8. Bob and Barbara Ziegler coordinated an outstand- ing weekend for 35 members and guests. Members get togeth- er annually to socialize, shoot and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. The Bunker Club was founded in 1998 By Colonel Dennis Beh- rens in an effort to raise fund- ing for replacement of the trap equipment at the International Shooting Park. Dennis took on this project recruiting a few hunt-

ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña and ISSF Secretary Gener- al Franz Schreiber said. “We met six excellent candidates here in Buenos Aires. Dr. Bach won, and we are sure that he will represent the best choice for the all sports, and for the entire Olympic move- ment.”

In regard to shooting’s role in the Olympic Games, the new President said: “Traditional Sports such as Shooting are playing a key role in the Olympic Games, because the program of the Games has always to be a good balance between tradition

Bunker Club Enjoys Annual Outing

ing and shooting friends to help. The group raised over $200,000 in meeting their commitment in upgrading our shotgun range. The Club has since focused on building an endowment fund to help support developing young athletes. The objective of that effort is an initial fund of $1,500,000 which is projected to be reached in 2014. Activities kicked off with din- ner at the historic Irma Hotel. There was plenty of opportunity to show off shooting skills with various trap and skeet games

Saturday followed by sporting clays and fi ve-stand competition on Sunday. The weekend con- cluded with a special dinner at the Buffalo Bill Center. To learn more about the Bun-

ker Club, please contact Col.Beh- rens at (210)735-2373 or Bob Mitchell at (719) 866-4899. The Club currently has 67 members and desires to expand in their effort help young Olympic-style shooters pursue their Olympic Dreams.

and progress. We always have to know where our roots are,” he said. “Adapting to the times is cru-

cial. If we stand still, we’re going to fall behind. In a world that is changing faster than ever, the youth have nowadays a new life- style, a new sport style, and they are consuming media in a differ- ent way,” Bach said, commenting on the recent rules changes in- cluding new fi nal formats intro- duced by the ISSF this year. ”All the sports have to adapt con- stantly, but without losing their souls and their hearts.”

Probst Joins IOC; DeFrantz Elected to Executive Board

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In a twin boost for American

infl uence in the international sports world, USOC chairman Larry Probst joined the IOC and Anita DeFrantz was elevated to the Olympic body’s powerful ex- ecutive board. Perhaps even more signifi - cant than Probst’s election was DeFrantz’s victory in a three- person race for a spot on the policy-making executive board. DeFrantz, chair of the women and sports commission, had lost previous bids to return to the ex- ecutive board. “That’s a terrifi c thing for the USOC to have some representa- tion on the executive board. It’s been a while,” Probst said. “As an IOC member, I’m very excited about that.”

Under Probst and CEO Scott

Blackmun, the USOC has made signifi cant strides in mending fences with the IOC and estab- lishing an international pres- ence. Probst’s election comes as the USOC weighs a possible bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Tokyo to Host 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo won the bid and was chosen to host the 2020 Olym- pic and Paralympic Games dur- ing the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. A new Shooting Sport venue located in the surrounding area of the 1964 venue was an- nounced by Tokyo 2020’s Bid Committee.

Year in Review 2013 | USA Shooting News


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