Following some comments I have had from several rimfire competitors in the last few days, I want to clarify the operation of world benchrest shooting federation (WBSF) world championship events with regard to the selection of competitors.
Under the WBSF rule book, the national organisation hosting a world championship will accept nominations for two teams (comprised of three people on each team in the case of WBSF Rimfire championships) from each WBSF member country. The hosting organisation also has the option to accept a third national team if they choose, so each WBSF member country has the “right” to send a minimum of 2 teams, and a maximum of 3 (for clarity, the match organisers in Portugal have confirmed that they will accept 3 teams from each country nominating teams for WRC 2).
The selection of competitors for both team and individual matches is by the various National bodies that are members of WBSF, so in the case of Australia the national body is SSAA. Under the SSAA benchrest rule book, we use two national championships to select the team members. The WBSF does not offer any other places for competitors other than those put forward by the various national bodies, and the SSAA does not have the ability to put forward any more than the allowed number of team members for the WRC. In the case of WRC2, this is 9 competitors on 3 teams, and these team members will compete in both the team and individual events. So therefore, there will be a maximum of 9 Australians who will be eligible to attend the WRC2 in 2016, and also a maximum of 9 competitors for all other WBSF member countries. No other individuals have the ability to nominate to compete at a WBSF championship.
This approach is the same for both centrefire and rimfire world championships and has been the case since 1991 when the first WBSF championships was held.
I hope this clears up the issue, but if anyone has any further questions, I am happy to address them here or feel free to contact me directly.