Indoor Archery World Series going virtual for 2021 season
The upcoming season of the Indoor Archery World Series, the international mass-participation circuit running from November to February, will combine both online and smaller live events in a change from the usual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting in November, archers around the world will be able to participate in a free monthly online event, shooting at their clubs, in local tournaments or from home ranges.
Scores will be collected live or delayed through the Ianseo Scorekeeper application. These results will contribute to the series’ open ranking. There will be no individual elite ranking for 2021 – however, an updated version of the team event will run.
Teams will have to shoot their scores at competitions registered in the World Archery calendar, there will be a small entry fee and prize money, and the winners will be decided in a live, remote final – broadcast across World Archery’s digital platforms – held in late February 2021.
Team entries are encouraged from clubs, national teams, companies and independent groups.
None of the traditional live stages of the Indoor Archery World Series will be run before the start of 2021.
National federations will be encouraged to run live tournaments during each weekend of the online event so that, where possible, archers can compete in an official setting. More information, including the schedule, will be announced no later than Friday 16 October 2020.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said: “The ongoing travel restrictions make holding on-site mass participation events difficult but we’ve learned from the countless virtual archery tournaments run throughout 2020.”
“Harnessing that ingenuity and everyone’s enthusiasm to return to competition, we aim to bring our worldwide community together this winter in the largest online archery event ever held.”