The World Archery on Thursday decided not to hold any Olympic qualifying event this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and also freezed the world rankings. The world body also extended the suspension of all international competitions till the end of August. It, however, is hoping to start competitions (not Olympic qualifiers) before the end of the year.
Accordingly, a draft calendar for the last few months of the year has been prepared. “No further Olympic qualification events will take place in 2020. They will be scheduled in 2021. The world rankings will remain frozen,” the WA said in a statement.
The suspension of international competition was up to April 30 initially but it was extended to June 30 later, before Thursday decision to implement it till August 31.
“World Archery’s executive board has extended the hiatus on all international competition until 31 August 2020. The measure was introduced in March and subsequently extended due to the ongoing worldwide outbreak of Covid-19,” the WA said in a statement.
“At this stage, no international events are confirmed for the rest of 2020. A draft calendar for the last few months of the year has been scheduled in the hope restrictions are lifted and the situation is safe for archers to return to the competition field,” it added.
The world body said no new event will be announced with less than two months notice. However, WA said it will give recognition of national events beginning from July 1. This means if held under appropriate local health standards, competitions after this date could be used to claim world records and performance awards, and shoot minimum qualification scores for major events.
The executive board, which met via conference call on Thursday, also approved an updated qualification calendar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, implementing the modified system issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).