Originally Posted by peterh
Keep in mind that "those countries where they see increased participation in the sport at home" is not "fair to all".
Imagine what it would do to Field Target participation if you would have to have a FAC to compete (which is the German situation).
Or imagine what it would do to FT participation if population density would be doubled, and you'd hardly have any forests to speak of, and people generally live so close together that shooting is frowned upon, and ie is hard to find any location suitable for shooting (which is the situation in The Netherlands).
This would make continental governing bodies frown upon the idea that the English would reward themselves for being blessed with such a high level of participation - which seems to be essentially what you are proposing.
In a worst-case scenario, that would lead to FT becoming a British sport once again, where Brittannia rule the waves and us forrinners either tag along or just give up altogether, and I would be *very* sorry if that would happen.
Not at all. EFTA's dominance is only in the team event and that's because it holds and develops the best shooters by competition. South Africa gives us a run for our money with far far less shooters at home. The individual title though has been won by other countries far smaller in participant count than England. (Northern Ireland, Spain for instance) Northern Ireland requires an FAC.
Surely though it should not be the case the a country can send it's entire collection of participants to the event, no matter what level of experience they have, when seasoned shooters who stand a realistic chance of placing are kept at home by the increased competition inside their own country. If a country is unable to develop then what can a country expect? At the moment we have the situation where 16 places have been reserved for every country, yet many can't either send 16, or they only have 16 shooters to send, or just ask anyone who fancies a trip abroad to hold a gun because there's 16 places to fill.
The teams stay the same size no matter how big the country, but surely the purpose of a world championships is to find the best shooters? As much as it's nice it's a collection of the sport from the globe, and history dictates it's a open etc, reality bites.