Asking this because one one my favorite events, the 50 meter free pistol, will not be included in the 2020 games. The reason given: to equalize the shooting events more in terms of gender (). In its place there will be a mixed gender 10 meter free air pistol event.
Now I know that the two most attended events are the 10 meter air pistol, and the 50 meter free pistol. They are the “purest” shooting events, focusing solely on accuracy and precision. Maybe that was seen as redundant. But they are quite different disciplines and require specialized weaponry. The 50 meter event is also one of the oldest non-track and field event in the modern Olympics, with only a few modifications in rules.
When an event is scrapped, you usually hear moans and complaints from the practitioners themselves and that’s it. But in the case of the 50-meter event, it’s especially sad because you have so many hopefuls around the world, eager to join this heavily participated event.