Indian women archers to get last shot at Olympic quota in June 2021
The Indian women’s archery team will get their final opportunity to secure full quotas for the Tokyo Olympics at the Paris stage of the World Cup in June of next year.
India has clinched full quota in men’s archery with Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav through to the Olympics next year, while Deepika Kumari is presently the only woman archer from the country to have earned a quota.
Kumari clinching a quota means that besides her participation in the individual women's recurve it also guarantees India entry in the mixed team event, which requires at least one man and one woman to be competing as part of a team.
Unlike the men, the Indian women couldn’t make the most of their chance to secure the team quota at the World Championships last June.
Last chance saloon
The final chance of qualification for women was initially scheduled to take place this year in the Berlin stage of the World Cup prior to the postponement of the Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with World Archery announcing its updated criteria list, the new deadline for National Olympic Committees to confirm places won at all events except the final qualifier is tentatively set as June 1, 2021, and for the final qualifier is tentatively set as July 2, 2021.
The entry deadline for the Olympics now extends to July 5 next year and the period when participants can shoot minimum qualifying scores has also been extended until June 28, 2021, barring the period between April 1 and June 30, 2020.
It was only last month that the sports’ global governing body, World Archery announced that no qualification events would take place in 2020 and that they were freezing rankings.
"The executive board, which met via conference call on 30 April, also approved an updated qualification calendar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, implementing the modified system issued by the International Olympic Committee," the statement read.
"This was necessary due to the delay of the Games until 2021 and cancellation of multiple qualifying tournaments. No further Olympic qualification events will take place in 2020. They will be scheduled in 2021," it added.
With a quota place already under her belt, Deepika Kumari is the only Indian woman archer in contention for Tokyo, meaning that a maximum of two more women can qualify from the country in the discipline.