Launch of the Japan Deaf Rifle Shooting Association and the first Beam Rifle Shooting Experience Event

Posted 07/20/2023

From November 15th(Sat) to 26th(Wed), 2025, the Deaflympics will be held in Japan for the first time, where athletes with hearing disabilities will compete their abilities. The Deaflympics is an international sporting event for the deaf with flashlights, flags, and other devices used to signal the judges and the sounds necessary for competition. The first Deaflympics was held in Paris, France in 1924, and like the Olympics, the Summer Games and Winter Games are held every four years. The 2025 Deaflympics, which will be held in Tokyo for the first time in Japan, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Deaflympics. 3,000 athletes from 70 to 80 countries and regions will compete in the Games. The Deaflympics also includes shooting events (rifle, pistol, air rifle, and air pistol). Link to Deaflympics: https://www.deaflympics.com/


There are 26 Deaf Sports organizations in the Sports Committee of the Japan Federation of the Deaf, but unfortunately, there has been no sports organization for rifle shooting in Japan until now. In April 2023, Ms. Reiko Katsura (fourth from the right in the bottom photo) established the “Japan Deaf Rifle Shooting Association” with the cooperation of the Sports Committee of the All Japan Federation of the Deaf in the hope of promoting rifle shooting in Deaf Sports in Japan. In order to discover athletes, the first Beam Rifle Shooting Experience Event was held on Saturday, July 15th at the Kanagawa Prefecture Welfare Center for the Hearing Impaired. The event was a great success, with many people coming in spite of the hot weather. We hope that the visitors were able to experience the fun of sport shooting. DEON (manufacturer of March Scopes) wishes to promote sport shooting widely regardless of whether a riflescope is used or not. I (Mari Morita, first from the left in the bottom photo), a member of Deon, volunteered to help as a shooting instructor on this day.


Japan Deaf Rifle Shooting Association is considering holding the second sport shooting experience event around September. If you are interested in this event or interacting with Japan Deaf Rifle Shooting Association, please contact Ms. Reiko Katsura

Japan Deaf Rifle Shooting Association: https://deafrashooting.wixsite.com/main




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