Norway’s security authorities have ruled that Israel is a dangerous place and as such, the country’s national shooting team has cancelled its trip to Israel next month. The Norwegian Shooting Association informed the Israeli Shooting Association of the decision last weekend.
The Norwegians were to take part in a training camp that is scheduled to take place in early March at the Olympic shooting range in Herzliya. Also scheduled to take part in the training is the Russian national shooting team.
The message that the Norwegians sent to the Israeli Shooting Association did not explain the reason for the cancellation. It was only when the Israeli association’s chairman, Yair Davidovich, met with the head of the Norwegian delegation at the European Shooting Championships in Finland that he was he informed that the cancellation is a result of an instruction by local security authorities, who determined that Israel is a dangerous place.
Unlike the Norwegians, the Russian national shooting team has informed Davidovich that there is no change in its plans. The Russian team, which includes 45 shooters, some of whom will represent the country in this summer’s Olympics in London, will arrive in Israel as scheduled. The Russian national team will hold a training camp in Israel for three weeks.