Cancellation of Trapshooting Championships Upsets Lawmakers

Cancellation of Trapshooting Championships Upsets Lawmakers

CARBONDALE (AP) – The decision by Illinois officials to cancel a world sport-shooting championship in southern Illinois because of the coronavirus pandemic has lawmakers from the area upset.

According to The Southern Illinoisan reports that the 121st Grand American World Trapshooting Championships at a state-owned complex near Sparta, scheduled for Aug. 5-15, has been canceled.

The event typically generates about $30 million in sales tax revenue from visitors lodging and eating in the area.

But the state public health director, Dr. Ngoze Ezike, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan concluded they could not prevent transmission of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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