Asian para championships to award 10 tickets to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The second phase of qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is set to begin in Bangkok on Monday at the 2019 Asian Para Archery Championships.

Twenty-three countries qualified at least one of the 80 spaces distributed at the primary qualification tournament, the 2019 World Archery Para Championships, and a further 30 are to be awarded across three continental qualifying events.

Asia is the first. Europe and the Americas will follow in Spring 2020.

Twelve places are reserved for universality invitations; Japan, as host, has been given four; and the remaining spots will be available at the final qualification tournament in Summer 2020.

Ten quota places will be awarded across the six categories in Bangkok:

  • 2 recurve men
  • 2 recurve women
  • 2 compound men
  • 2 compound women
  • 1 W1 man
  • 1 W1 woman

Asian nations China, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand qualified a combined 33 athletes at the world championships. All can add to their quotas in Bangkok.

Athletes from Bhutan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan will also attempt to win spots.

The Indian archery federation is currently suspended. Indian athletes are being permitted to compete under a neutral flag in Bangkok to protect the athletes’ chances of competing at next summer’s Paralympic Games.

Competition at the 2019 Asian Para Archery Championships starts with qualification on Monday 21 October and the finals will be decided on Thursday 24 October. The Paralympic qualification tournament is scheduled for Friday 25 October.

In total, 107 para athletes will participate in the championships. Seventy-two of those are also eligible to compete in the quota event.

Reigning world champions Wu Chunyan of China, Nur Syahidah Alim of Singapore and Suresh Selvathamby of Malaysia will shoot in Bangkok.

Paralympic Champion Zhou Jiamin is also competing.

Bangkok is set to host the Asian Archery Championships in November as well, where three recurve men’s and three recurve women’s places at the Olympics will be won.

The 2019 Asian Para Archery Championships take place on 20-25 October in Bangkok, Thailand.