Double trap stalwart William Chetcuti heads a group of Maltese shooters who are travelling to Slovenia to compete in the ISSF World Cup.

Around 591 shooters from 77 countries are expected to head to Maribor for the World Cup with many vying to attain qualification for next year’s London Olympics.

The Malta Shooting Sport Federation (MSSF) has already secured a berth in the double trap competition at the London Games thanks to Chetcuti who won the gold medal at a World Cup shoot in Beijing in April.

The first assignment for the Maltese shooters in Maribor will be the men’s trap which starts tomorrow with the first 75 clays. Participants will target a further 50 clays on Sunday with the top six moving into the barrage finals.

Jason John Aquilina, Stanley Cardona and Stephen Vella are the members of Malta’s team for the trap event while George Cassar and Rennie Deguara will be gunning for an ISSF Minimum Qualifying Standard.

On Tuesday, Chetcuti will be bidding to live up to his lofty reputation when he competes in the double trap event along with the young Nathan Lee Xuereb. The competition is over 150 clays and a further 50 in the barrage.

Clive Farrugia is Malta’s sole representative in the skeet event which gets underway on Thursday with the first 75 clays. Another round of 50 clays will be held on Friday with the barrage final, over 25 clays, to take place in the afternoon.

MSSF president Saviour Portelli and coach Jimmy Bugeja are in charge of the Maltese contingent in Slovenia.


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