Antalya announced as replacement host for second stage of Hyundai Archery World Cup
Antalya is set to replace the postponed second stage of the 2020 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Shanghai.
The event will also be delayed by one week from its original schedule and now take place on 11-17 May, which will allow many athletes to remain in Antalya for the European Championships on 20-26 May.
It was announced in early February that Shanghai would host this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup Final rather than a stage due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Antalya had hosted a stage of archery’s international circuit every year since its launch in 2006 but was due to take a break in 2020.
It was one of three cities to offer a new home for the tournament after Shanghai’s postponement. Several more countries expressed interested but ultimately the lead time was too short.
Wroclaw in Poland, which held a leg of the circuit from 2013 to 2015, and Catez in Slovenia put proposals forward alongside Antalya. The decision to return to Turkey was made by World Archery’s executive board.
The Hyundai Archery World Cup is archery’s annual tour of premier international events.
In Olympic years, it consists of three stages and the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final. Only the best 32 athletes over the season qualify to compete in the season-ending event.
- Stage 1: Guatemala City, Guatemala – 20-26 April
- Stage 2: Antalya, Turkey – 10-17 May
- Stage 3: Berlin, Germany – 21-28 June
- Final: Shanghai, China – 26-27 September*
*The dates of the 2020 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final are subject to confirmation.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “Antalya has proven a reliable and popular stop on the Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit and we are grateful to the organisers and the Turkish archery federation for stepping in to hold this event at short notice.”
“With 14 years of experience and the planned infrastructure already in place for the European Championships, we have no doubt that Antalya will deliver a successful competition in 2020.”
“World Archery’s thanks also go to Wroclaw and Catez for their willingness to step in as hosts as we are sure they would have delivered excellent events as well.”