Wildfires cancel European Championships
The European Championship in Dynamic Rifle Shooting that would be held in
Karlskoga from August 5 to 11 has been cancelled. Due to the extensive forest fires
and extreme weather conditions in Sweden, it has been found that for reasons of
safety it is not possible to hold the competition. Instead, the ambition is to host the
match in the same place next year.
The wildfires raging in many parts of Sweden, combined with the extreme weather, led to the
conclusion that it was necessary for safety reasons to cancel the European Championship in
Dynamic sport shooting that would have been held on the Villingsberg's shooting range.
Talks have been held today between all parties involved. After extensive consultation with
the Armed Forces, Karlskoga Municipality, the International Practical Shooting Confederation
and the match sponsors, it was clear that the best solution is to move the competition one
year even though this is a deviation from the international championship program. Karlskoga
Municipality immediately gave its full support for a 2019 competition, as did the international
federation IPSC, now we are just waiting for a positive message from the Armed Forces so
that the competition can really be carried out in 2019.
Roland Dahlman, President of the Swedish Dynamic Sport Shooting Association, says: ”It is
an extreme situation and, as far as we know, this is the first time ever a European
Championship has been canceled because of wildfires. We know the 700 of competitors that
would take part in the match will be extremely dissappointed, and so is the organizing team.
After having worked so hard for years towards a common goal, it is taken away from us at
the finish line. Virtually everything was finished, there were only a few things left to do before
the competitors, range officers and volunteers were due to arrive in late July. However, I am
positive for 2019 and I have faith that the Armed Forces will commit for next year so that we
can jointly finish the championship. We hope that the contestants, audiences and other
stakeholders have an understanding of the critical situation"
“It is the right decision, it is important to take responsibility in such an extreme weather
situation - we welcome the competition back in 2019”, says Martin Lindström of Karlskoga
For information, contact:
Roland Dahlman, President Swedish Dynamic Sport Shooting Association, +46707638280
Martin Lindström, Karlskoga Kommun, +46737655251
Dynamic Sport Shooting
Dynamic Sport Shooting is a sport where the competitor shoots on multiple targets placed on
multiple distances for time. The competitor who accives the highest total score of time and
Dear friends, To some extent life always sucks a bit, we brush it off and laugh about it, but on certain occations life really sucks. Today is surely one of those days: it is with the utmost regret that we have to inform you that the IPSC European Rifle Championships have been cancelled. During the past weeks we have been in constant communication with the municipality of Karlskoga and the Swedish Armed Forces over the large amount of wildfires in the area. Only a few hours ago we received a phone call in which the Swedish Armed Forces communicated their decision, not to allow us to use Villingsbergs shooting range. The current critical situation with uncontrolled wildfires could, in their opinion, present danger to us. Only a few days ago there was a big fire in the Villingsberg shooting range. It has been decided that, for reasons of safety, we cannot hold the match there. We can only imagine how dissappointed you must be. And so are we. Our team was really looking forward to having you as our guests and show our best hospitality. We have worked very hard to present great stages in the breathtaking nature of the beautiful shooting range. The opening ceremony and the awards dinner would be something truly special. We have desigend 28 stages, we have built over 300 walls, 257 special target stands, sturdy platforms, staircases, towers, we have painted over three kilometers of fault lines, we have made check listst and road signs, we have planned ceremonies and banquets, we have arranged nationals flags, match hotels, import permits, match ammo, etc, etc. And then, today, eleven days before first shot: poof... it’s gone. Just like that, in one short phone call. The situation feels just surreal and empty. We are really, really sorry for what has happened and we fully understand the great inconvenience the cancelation causes for you. We are deeply saddened that we will not see you here at the ERC2018. We do have the support from both the municipality of Karlskoga and the International Practical Shooting Confederation to move the ERC to next year, even though this is a deviation from the international championship program. We hope to get a positive message from the Armed Forces as well so that we can host the match in 2019. We will keep you posted. On behalf of the ERC2018 Team, Roland Dahlman Match Director
papildomai užklausiau Švedijos Policiją ir ERC organizotorius ir išsiaiškinau, kad Europos Ginklo Pasas švedams negalioja, todėl papildomai riekės darytis leidimus įvežti ginklus į Švediją, kaip aprašyta ERC puslapyje ir organizatorių laiške. Tai papildomai kainuos apie 70 EUR (700 SEK). Tą reikia padayti iki birželio 20 d.
Nauja informacija apie ginklų leidimus vaziuojant į ERC (Svedija).
Dear Regional Directors,
We are all working hard to ensure the match and everything surrounding it will be of high quality, hospitable and memorable. We look forward to having you as our guests in August.
Next step is application for import licenses.
We have just now opened the web form on the ERC home page where all non Nordic competitors who want to bring their sporting rifle or rifles to the ERC can upload all needed documents and pay the import fee. The ERC Team will handle all paperwork, payments and take care of all contacts with local authorities on your behalf. This is to ensure a problem free application process for our guests.