8th August 2019

World Archery suspends Archery Association of India on 5 August 2019

• Indian athletes will still be permitted to compete at the upcoming World Archery Youth Championships.

World Archery has suspended the Archery Association of India effective Monday 5 August 2019. A previous executive board decision gave a deadline of the end of July for the election situation to be resolved. No resolution has been reached. Indian athletes will be permitted to compete in the 2019 World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain on 19-25 August.

On behalf of the executive board, World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India. The last event in which Indian athletes can participate is the youth championships in Madrid.

“We will now work with the Indian Olympic Association and Indian Government to try to establish a transitory committee, with representatives from all sides, to handle urgent matters. If no long-term solution is found by the end of August, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships. At the same time, World Archery will also decide whether individual athletes can participate in the Indoor Archery World Series.”

The 2019 Asian Archery Championships and Asian Para Championships are critical as they will award quota places to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. India has three men’s places secured for the next Olympics but has yet to win a women’s spot. Tournaments on the Indoor Archery World Series, held from November to February, are open to all athletes rather than just national teams. Normally, archers must be a member of a national federation in good standing to register.

• This media release was originally published by World Archery on 8 August 2019. Click here for the original.

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