Preview: The last chance to win tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

JC Valladont shoots during team eliminations at the worlds in 2019.

Updated on 18 June with extra men’s quota place added.

The past three months have flown by. 

First, we had six countries in the Americas win quota places to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Pan Am Championships in Monterrey.

Then, just two weeks ago, Europe distributed its reserved spots in Antalya.

Now we’re in Paris, at the very last chance for teams, nations and archers to book tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It really is now or never. If there was ever a time to perform, it’s at this tournament. There are more than 250 archers, representing 70 nations, shooting for just 24 places.

Why so many, for so few? Because archery at the Olympics is exceptionally exclusive. With only 128 spots, it’s really the best of the best who compete at the Games.

That’s what makes this weekend’s final qualifier for Tokyo 2020 so exciting.

Key information

What’s happening? The final qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on 19-21 June in Paris, France.

What’s at stake? Olympic quota places.

What’s the story? Only 128 archers compete in the archery competitions at the Olympic Games in total, 64 men and 64 women, and everyone must qualify. This is the last chance to win spots.

Event schedule

  • Saturday 19 June: Men’s team
  • Sunday 20 June: Women’s team
  • Monday 21 June: Individual

How to watch

Coverage of archery’s final qualifier for Tokyo 2020 is being shown live or delayed by broadcast partners including L’Equipe and Sport en France in the host country, Astro in Malaysia, Claro in Latin America and Eleven in the USA.

The following sessions are being streamed live on the World Archery YouTube channel and via the Olympic Channel worldwide.

Live scores will be available on the World Archery website, and there will be coverage on World Archery’s digital platforms throughout the competition.

Process explained

Teams can only qualify one or three athletes of each gender to the archery competitions at the Olympic Games.

So it’s easier to think of this weekend as two separate events – the first is the team qualification, which runs on Saturday and Sunday, and the second is the individual on Monday.

Any nation that hasn’t already won a full three-athlete quota can compete in the team qualifiers, whether they have a single spot or not. If a team that has a single spot then upgrades to a team, the individual quota goes back in the pool.

That’s why we won’t know exactly how many single places are up for grabs during Monday’s individual qualifier until this weekend is complete.

And remember – it’s then still a maximum of one quota place per gender per country on Monday.

Who can qualify?

Read our full guide to which countries can win Olympic quota places at the final qualifier for Tokyo 2020.

Who’s competing?

These are the top-ranked teams competing for Olympic quotas:

  • Recurve men: Spain (world rank: 3)
  • Recurve women: Italy (world rank: 2)

These are the top-ranked individuals competing for Olympic quotas: 

A total of 255 archers from the national teams of the following 70 countries are registered for this tournament: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong China, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, US Virgin Islands, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Yemen.

Competition at the final Olympic qualifier starts with the men’s team tournament on Saturday.