Kimberly Rhode, a six-time Olympic medalist and NRA Director, was elected as one of four vice presidents at the 70th International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) General Assembly meeting held in Egypt on December 1, 2022.
Additionally, Dr. James Lally was re-elected as chairman of the ISSF medical committee. Since 1993, Dr. Lally has served as the USA Shooting Team physician.
Rhode and Lally were elected on the heels of two U.S. officials who have both announced their retirement from the ISSF leadership team—Vice President Robert Mitchell and Susan Abbott, chairman of the ISSF Pistol Committee.
Chad Whittenburg, the chairman of the USA Shooting Board of Directors, and Jim Mitchell, a board member, represented the USA Federation at the ISSF General Assembly meeting in Egypt last month.
“It’s great to see the world shooting community unite for change and press for peace and transparency,” Whittenburg said. “We worked hard over the last year to put the USA in a good position within ISSF. I would like to sincerely thank Chairman Susan Abbott, and Vice President Robert Mitchell for their long and dedicated service.”
At the assembly, the U.S. delegation accepted several awards for USA Shooting, including Best Showing at the 2020 Olympics, Silver Plate for Overall Performance in 2020, Best Dress Code and Best Internet Audience.
Finally, the ISSF also had its presidential election at the 70th General Assembly meeting. By nine votes, Luciano Rossi defeated Vladimir Lisin, the former president, 136 to 127.
In a statement on the ISSF website, new President Luciano Rossi said:
ISSF is now entering a new era. I will give back all that I have learned in my years as a sportsman. The new leadership team will work together in a creative and efficient way to build a brighter future for the shooting sports, from all points of view. I will be supported by a team of expert and competent collaborators in various sectors. We will get to work immediately to solve existing problems and new, concrete plans. But I also want to stress that I plan to unite the ISSF Family and be a President for everyone, for the good of the sport.