GunsAmerica makes it clear that entirely the wrong kind of people are on the International Olympic Committee.
The International Olympic Committee has dropped three menâ€™s shooting events from the Tokyo 2020 lineup in an effort to make the games â€œmore youthful, more urbanâ€ and more inclusive of women.
The Committee announced last Friday that menâ€™s double trap, 50m rifle prone, and 50m pistol will be replaced by events in air rifle, trap, and air shooting, which will be open to competitors of any gender.
IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement, â€œI am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.â€
Evelyn Waughâ€™s Scott-Kingâ€™s Modern Europe follows the declining career of a balding & corpulent classics teacher at Granchester, a fictional English public school. Granchester is â€œentirely respectableâ€ but in need of a bit of modernizing, at least in the opinion of its pragmatic headmaster, who is attuned to consumer demands. The story ends with a poignant conversation between Scott-King and the headmaster:
â€œYou know,â€ [the headmaster] said, â€œwe are starting this year with fifteen fewer classical specialists than we had last term?â€
â€œI thought that would be about the number.â€
â€œAs you know Iâ€™m an old Greats man myself. I deplore it as much as you do. But what are we to do? Parents are not interested in producing the â€˜complete manâ€™ any more. They want to qualify their boys for jobs in the modern world. You can hardly blame them, can you?â€
â€œOh yes,â€ said Scott-King. â€œI can and do.â€
â€œI always say you are a much more important man here than I am. One couldnâ€™t conceive of Granchester without Scott-King. But has it ever occurred to you that a time may come when there will be no more classical boys at all?â€
â€œOh yes. Often.â€
â€œWhat I was going to suggest wasâ€”I wonder if you will consider taking some other subject as well as the classics? History, for example, preferably economic history?â€
â€œBut, you know, there may be something of a crisis ahead.â€
â€œThen what do you intend to do?â€
â€œIf you approve, headmaster, I will stay as I am here as long as any boy wants to read the classics. [Emphasis added] I think it would be very wicked indeed to do anything to fit a boy for the modern world.â€
â€œItâ€™s a short-sighted view, Scott-King.â€
â€œThere, headmaster, with all respect, I differ from you profoundly. I think it the most long-sighted view it is possible to take.â€