The Archery Association of India (AAI) has called 2021 Tokyo Olympics selection trials for eight spots ( four recurve men and women archers each) in Jamshedpur from 23rd- 27th November.
The trials will be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex. 58 archers, including 18 women archers, are instructed to report at a hotel near the venue on November 23rd. They will be allotted a room each.
AAI has also stated that the selected archers and officials will be provided lodging. However, accompanying coaches are asked to make their own arrangements.
AAI has also specified in their letter that only the archers who scored above 650-for men and above 630-for women in the past three selection trials over 2019-2020 are eligible to participate in Jamshedpur.
All the archers and technical officials have been instructed to undergo the COVID-19 RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours before arriving at the Ginger Hotel with the negative coronavirus report.
Archery: Two members test positive at the training camp in Pune
All those who will make the cut at Jamshedpur will be asked the join the ongoing elite archers training camp at Army Sports Insitute (ASI) in Pune immediately.
The 16-member core group, including the likes of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, have been training at the camp since September. They were exempted from taking part in the selection trials at Jamshedpur.
However, things seem to look a bit tricky now as at the camp, a physio and archer, Himani Malik, have tested positive for the dreaded virus.
The news has prompted AAI to take a firm stance at the trials. A COVID-19 standard operating procedure has also been sent to the participating archers.
They are not allowed to leave the hotel except for going to the trials. A regular temperature check has been made mandatory at the venue.
The archers have been directed to wear masks at all times except for when at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. They have been instructed to maintain a two-metre distance from each other. They are to bring their own equipment and are prohibited from sharing them with others.