— Published 17 November 2020

The virtual is a success

The International Archery Federation (World Archery) can rub their hands together: their idea of ​​a virtual world circuit, the Indoor World Series, is hugely successful. The body chaired by the Turkish Ugur Erdener announces that the first stage scheduled for November 21 and 22 has registered the registrations of more than 2,800 archers, representing 79 countries. Competitors can participate from anywhere in the world by shooting a 60-arrow event at 18 meters on any standard 40-centimeter coat of arms licensed by World Archery. They will have to complete their tests in the presence of witnesses and submit photos of their target crests as proof of their scores. Among the entries are two medalists at the Rio 2016 Games, the German Lisa Unruh and the French Jean-Charles Valladont, the Paralympic champion David Drahoninsky, and the entire Korean professional archery team Hyundai Steel, including the champions London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, Oh Jin Hyek and Ku Bonchan. Mexico has the most registered athletes with 311, followed by Malaysia (301), and the Netherlands (128). Three other stages will take place between December 2020 and February 2021. The indoor World Series final in virtual mode is scheduled for February 27 and 28, 2021. It will only concern the team event.