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The ISSF World Cup was introduced by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 1986 to provide a homogeneous system for qualification to the Olympic shooting competitions. It still is carried out in the Olympic shooting events, with four competitions per year in each event. For the best shooters there is since 1988 a World Cup Final.
The World Cup Final in rifle and pistol is often, but not always, held in Munich as the ISSF shooting season ending competition. The location and date of the World Cup Final in shotgun are more flexible. To the Final, the following shooters are qualified:
The defending Olympic, World, ISSF World Cup Final champions.
Silver and Bronze medalists of either the last Olympic or the World Championship, whichever competition that was most recently held.
The eight shooters that have made the best performances at the World Cup competitions during the year. For rating the performances, a special score system is used by taking into account of both the rank and the score achieved in the competitions.
As many as two shooters can be nominated by the host country to compete in two of the World Cup Final events if no one from the host country qualifies.