Three significant shooting events have been officially scrapped from the Olympics line-up.
Following eight months of International Olympic Committee (IOC) review, the decision was made to remove the ISSF 50m prone rifle, the ISSF 50m free pistol, and double trap shooting from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The International Shooting Sport Federation in February 2017 recommended the events be removed to assist the IOC in achieving its goal of 50 per cent female participation.
The IOC had previously recommended all international Olympic sports federations replace all men-only events with mixed events to encourage the participation of female athletes. They had been part of the modern Olympics since their inception.
The male-only 50m shooting events have been removed from all future Olympics, to be replaced by mixed-team 10m shooting events, each team comprising a man and woman.