By World Archery, Chris Wells
Archery’s mass participation indoor circuit returns in November.
The six tournaments on the calendar of the Indoor Archery World Series in 2019-2020 season have been announced with a competition in Sydney joining last year’s list of hosts in Luxembourg, Macau, Rome, Nimes and Las Vegas.
All of the events are open entry, meaning archers can register themselves and athletes do not have to be part of a national team.
For the second year, the Indoor Archery World Series will have both elite and open rankings. Athletes accrue elite ranking points with high placings at each stage. The 16 athletes in each competition category with the most elite ranking points after the last stage in Las Vegas are invited to compete in the Indoor Archery World Series Finals.
Every archer that competes across the tour will receive an open ranking, which is based on the three best 60-arrow qualification scores shot over the season.
More information on the team event, which has been confirmed to return for the upcoming season, is expected soon.
Events on the indoor circuit are given a level of 250, 500 or 1000 points. This identifies the number of elite ranking points available to the winner of each category and defines the minimum amount of prize money, facilities and tournament coverage.
Macau Open 250 (Macau, China) – 9-10 November 2019 (Click to register)
GT Open 250 (Strassen, Luxembourg) – 22-24 November 2019
TRUBall/Axcel Roma Trophy 250 (Rome, Italy) – 13-15 December 2019
Sydney Indoor Archery Festival 250 (Sydney, Australia) – 10-12 January 2020
Nimes Tournament 1000 (Nimes, France) – 17-19 January 2020
The Vegas Shoot 1000 (Las Vegas, USA) – 7-8 February 2020*
Indoor Archery World Series Finals – 8 February 2020
*The first two days of The Vegas Shoot act as the stage of the Indoor Archery World Series.
Registration is already open for the Macau Open and GT Open.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “Nearly 4000 archers were listed in the open ranking at the end of last year’s Indoor Archery World Series. We expect that number to grow as this collection of world-class events becomes more established and we expand into a fourth continent with a tournament in Oceania.”
“The goal of the Indoor Archery World Series is to build a calendar of strong and self-sustaining events that encourage participation at all levels and provide a professional circuit for elite athletes.”
The Indoor Archery World Series is a collection of mass-participation and elite tournaments held in destination cities around the world.