The World Archery Field Championships 2020 scheduled to be held in Yankton, USA has been postponed until 2022 in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The marquee event is scheduled to take place in September of this year in Easton Yankton Archery Center, USA.
Notably, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the entire world into a standstill affecting every sport in its way and Archery isn’t an exception.
“It is with huge regret that we delay the field championships but this decision had to be made in the current climate,” ANI quoted Tom Dielen, World Archery secretary-general as saying in an official statement.
We will now focus on World Games qualification event
World Archery secretary-general further added that World Archery will now focus on scheduling the qualification games next year.
“We will now focus on scheduling a successful World Games qualification event in 2021 and look forward to the Games and championships in 2022,” said Tom Dielen.
The world field event was planned to act as the primary qualifier for the upcoming World Games in Birmingham. That event was initially scheduled for 2021 but moved to 2022 following the delay of the Olympics, ANI reported further.
Rescheduling event was a difficult choice
Talking about the postponement of the game, Bruce Cull, Yankton organizing committee, and National Field Archery Association Foundations President said rescheduling an event for which many athletes are working hard is always a difficult choice to opt but we want to host an event which Yankton can be proud of.
“Making the choice to reschedule an event that so many archers are working hard towards is not easy. We want to host international tournaments that Yankton and the archery community can be proud of and this is just not possible at this time,” Bruce was quoted by ANI as saying.