Shooting is a competitive sport with competitors using different types of rifles, pistols and shotguns, and is categorized by the type of firearm, target and distance. The founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and French pistol champion Pierre de Coubertin contributed to the inclusion of five shooting events in the 1896 Olympic Games. Since then, shooting has been part of the Olympic programme, with events constantly evolving due to new technology and social standards. Rifle shooting, combined with cross country skiing, is also an integral part of the winter sport biathlon. Additionally, shooting events during the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games are covered by epa sports photographers.