Shooter Heena welcomes mixed gender events move

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Feb 2017 10:23:01


NEW DELHI,

Feb 20,

(PTI),

RENOWNED pistol shooter Heena Sidhu welcomed the ISSF Athletes Committee’s proposal to introduce mixed-gender team events in the Olympics though she felt sorry that its implementation would result in the removal of a few existing events from the Olympic programme.


“As a woman, I always felt that we didn’t have as many events as the men. So I feel it’s a very good step, but it’s unfortunate that some of the events would have to be removed,” Heena said.


The first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked World No 1 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Heena tried to look at the bigger picture behind the proposed move.


“Look, a lot of changes are being mulled over in Olympic sports to bring down the rising cost. Brazil is an example and yes, one has to look at the larger picture,” she said.
The concept of mixed-gender event was implemented in the European Championships and Heena seemed positive about it.