THUN – OVER 100 SHOOTERS FROM 20 NATIONS MET LAST WEEK IN THE MILITARY SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP (CISM) IN THE GUNTELSEY RANGES. THE TOURNAMENT WAS A TEST EVENT FOR THE CISM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2019.
Main test: Christian Wanner looks optimistically at the CISM World Cup 2018 in Thuner Guntelsey. Picture: Andreas Tschopp
The international tournament in military sports shooting of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) has a tradition in Thun. With representatives from 20 nations at the competitions in Thuner Guntelsey in the first week of October, participation was particularly good this year.
For the organization of the tournament Christian Wanner was responsible for the first time, the new CISM disciplines team chef. As such, Wanner is extremely pleased with the progress of the tournament in which Switzerland was able to receive the award as the best nation in the event, which was also the main test for the CISM World Cup 2018 in Thun.
25-meter stand on the Waffenplatz
With the new militia function as a shooting gun in the CISM in April 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Wanner, who is the main security officer at the Thun Arms Armed Forces Center, he also took the lead in the shooting event at the CISM World Championship in Thun. It is carried out in the period from May 29th to June 6th mainly at Guntelsey. The men will compete there for the 300 meter distance and the women at 50 meters. In addition, a mobile 25-meter facility for pistol shooting will be set up at the Waffenplatz, Wanner explains, for which it is important that the World Championship takes place centrally in one place.
At the last CISM Shooting World Championship 2005 in Thun, the pistol competitions were held in Riedbach near Bern, which required a lot of effort. Wanner was also confronted with the accommodations for this year’s CISM tournament. Since only a limited number of rooms were available due to the ongoing renovation of the main barracks for the total of 170 participants (with the officials), civil defense facilities were reserved as a precaution.
Ultimately, however, only the Swiss delegation stayed at the RAZ in Allmendingen, says Wanner. The majority of the foreign guests had themselves booked rooms in hotels, the civil protection in Uetendorf did not have to be claimed. According to Roland Wüthrich, project manager at Armasuisse Immobilien, the accommodation capacity will again be sufficient in the Thuner barracks for the 2018 World Cup.
Over 500 participants from 50 nations expected
The OC held its second coordination meeting in the tournament week. With the further preparations, Wanner can count on the support of Urs Weibel from Kandersteg as technical director for the shooting sporting grand opening 2018. To this championship, there are more than 500 participants expected from about 50 nations, says Wanner, who feels comfortable in his function as a CISM team Chef and World Cup organizer and in the spare time passionately likes to play ice hockey. (source: Thuner Tagblatt)