A Muslim shooting champion who was set to be stripped of his title in western Germany for not being Christian can keep his crown, a conservative shooting federation said on Wednesday. But he can't take part in the next stage of the competition.

Mithat Gedik made headlines across Germany when he was told he couldn't keep his title of Schützenkönig (shooting king) of his town of Werl in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Only Christians were allowed to be members of the society and thus compete in the championships, according to a statute in its constitution.

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