Hungarian rifle shooter Peter Sidi is unhappy with the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for introducing mixed team events in the competitions.
As a trial, a mixed team event was held during the ongoing ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. In the six-team final, the Hungarian team, of which Sidi was a member, finished fifth.
“It’s very boring kind of event. It will not attract spectators,’’ said Sidi, who had finished fifth in the 10m air rifle event at the Rio Olympics, behind Abhinav Bindra.
Sidi added that he finds it strange that the ISSF hasn’t framed a concrete policy for mixed events but is still pushing for it.
To promote gender equality in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed to all international sports federations to ensure more female participation. The ISSF is in process of replacing three men’s events -- the 50m rifle prone, 50m free pistol and double trap -- with mixed team events.
Shooters from across the globe, including Sidi, are against the move.
The ISSF executive board had discussed the matter at the sidelines of the event in New Delhi and will send its recommendations to the IOC.
At 37, Sidi is still going strong and says he won’t quit the sport as long as he is winning medals.
“In shooting there are people who have won Olympic medals at the age of 50,’’ he said.
He was wondering why Abhinav Bindra retired. ‘’He was great talent should have continued,’’ added Sidi.
On missing the podium at the Rio Olympics, the Hungarian international shooter said, It’s a mystery yet to be solved. ‘’The day I come to know it will be easier for me to win that elusive Olympic medal,’’ he said.
Hungary’s seasoned rifle shooter is also unhappy that his government withdrew its bid for hosting the 2024 Olympic Games. ‘’Public opinion was against bidding for the Games. It’s all due to politics. There are two factions and the one that was against got more mandate. So the government had to back out. It’s not good for the sports,’’ said Sidi.
According to Sidi, all the infrastructure required for hosting the Olympics were in place in Budapest.
“Budapest had an edge over the other two cities in the race -- Paris and Los Angeles,’’ he added. He got the bad news before his 10m air rifle event on Friday. ‘’Politics is bad for sports. The culture is spoiling the atmosphere,’’ he said.