I think it's fair to say there's a mix of reasons why some people are not taking up places they've qualified for, and Portugal with it's competition in peak holiday season in a popular holiday destination may present it's own unique issues. Certainly the practical requirement to book up early is something that many have not been able to commit to.
That's in addition to the sheer amount of work it takes to ensure you're in tip top condition to stand the best chance of maximising your ability at this level, which is something some shooters either commit to doing, or they dont attend.
That's if you don't have the ability to shoot 1/2 a tin of pellets over a season and go and clear a national course without any practice
Yes Rob, I've already started training for this event!
Deborah and I only go to the pub four times a week instead of the usual five!
Now theirs commitment don't you think..?
Think by time the shoots starts I'll be in rate good shape.