World Archery has awarded hosting rights for the 2021 and 2023 editions of its World Championships to the US city of Yankton and German capital Berlin, respectively, while it has also elected to scrap its World Indoor Championships.
The decisions were made at the World Archery Congress, which took place at the weekend ahead of the 2019 World Archery Para Championships and World Archery Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Yankton, which is located in South Dakota, previously hosted the World Youth Championships in 2015, the World Indoor Championships in 2018 – which will now be the last edition of the event – and will also host the World Archery Field Championships in 2020.
World Archery president Uğur Erdener said: “Archery and Yankton are inextricably linked. The city has rallied around two of our previous world championships and we expect a similarly high standard of event and the same incredible community spirit in 2021.
“While it may not be the largest or most populous place on the planet, Yankton may be the most passionate about our sport – and for the athletes, the audience and the atmosphere at the world championships, passion matters.”
Berlin was awarded the 2023 Championships and Pilsen, Czech Republic, was granted rights to the 2023 World Para Championships. The events will act as the main qualification tournaments for the Paris 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Appointing strong hosts for key events in the next Olympic cycle positions archery to take advantage of the first summer Games in Europe since London,” Erdener said. “We are confident that Berlin, which has hosted a stage of the World Cup since 2017, will deliver a world championships of exceptional quality.
“The commitment of Paris as a stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup in the lead up to the Olympic Games in 2024 gives us an opportunity to build expertise, experience and audience in France – and will be beneficial for both our events and archery at the Games.”
Rounds of the Archery World Cup were assigned to Paris (2021-23), Shanghai (2020-24) and Guatemala City. Next year’s calendar for the international circuit is now confirmed to consist of three legs in Shanghai, Guatemala City and Berlin – plus the World Cup Final in a city yet to be decided.
In other news, World Archery said it has taken the decision to drop its Indoor Championships so that the resources for this event can be redirected to the Indoor Archery World Series.
In a statement the world governing body added: “Declining participation in the championships has contrasted with significant and steady growth in mass participation indoor tournaments. The Indoor Archery World Series gives an open pathway for athletes of all levels into world-class competition and offers more opportunities for elite archers to earn a professional income.
“The priority for indoor archery is now to strengthen and grow this annual calendar of key events, rather than just one every two years.”