The Olympic Qualification Tournament for archery, scheduled to take place in Stade Charlety in the French capital city of Pari. It is the final chance for the Indian Women’s Recurve Team to make it to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Men’s Recurve Team competition shall take place on the 19th of June, followed by the Women’s Recurve Team on 20th June and Individual events on the 21st of June. Archers from a total of 70 countries to compete for the 23 seats to the Tokyo Olympics.
Women’s Recurve Team need to make it to the Top 3 to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
The Indian Women’s Recurve Team trio includes Olympian Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, and Komalika Bari who will fight for their seat at the Tokyo Olympics with 28 other Recurve Teams to make it to the top 3. Each point will prove to be precious in this competition since only 3 teams shall be selected in this Tournament.
India already has qualifications in the Men’s and Women’s Individual Event and Men’s Recurve Team. The Women’s Individual Recurve athlete Deepika Kumari won her spot in the Olympics after her performance in the Continental Qualifiers in Bangkok while the Men’s Recurve Team consisting of Turundeep Rai won theirs in the 2019 World Championships.
Pramod Chandurkar, the Secretary-General of the Archery Association of India (AAI), told IANS, “Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, and Komalika Bari have been training hard. We hope they perform well in the last Olympic qualification tournament in Paris to win a team quota place.”
After this, both the teams shall compete in the third stage of the World Cup in Guatemala City scheduled to begin on the 21st of June.