Pomona, Calif. - 07/05/2012 --
Dr. James Lally, a team physician for the USA Shooting Team since 1993, has been awarded the Order of the Blue Cross, the highest recognition given by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
Lally, MMM, DO, President & Chief Medical Officer of Chino Valley Medical Center and 1991 alumnus of Western University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, was given the Blue Cross medal during the Federation's executive committee meeting in London in May 2012 because of his long-term contribution to the sport.
Lally was a member of the ISSF Board of Directors from 1998-2012, and from 2004-08 was President of USA Shooting, which is the national governing body for shooting in the United States and manages all levels of shooting at national, international and Olympic levels. He has been chairman of the ISSF Medical Committee since 2004 and a member of the ISSF Administrative Committee for the same time period. He is also a holder of the President's Pin, which recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the international shooting community.
The Olympics begin July 27 in London.
Nearly 400 competitors will participate in 15 shooting events from July 28 to August 6. Each country is limited to 28 athletes in shooting events - 20 men and eight women, according to the London 2012 website.