World Archery is set to resume its qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Pan American Championships in Monterrey.
The event was initially scheduled to take place in the Mexican city last year, but was among the first competitions to be stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which ultimately led to the postponement of Tokyo 2020.
Monterrey will host six days of action, beginning with qualification tomorrow.
Mixed team and team finals will be held on March 24 and 25 respectively, before attention turns to the Tokyo 2020 berths.
Paralympic qualification and para finals will be the focus on Friday (March 26).
A total of 10 quota places are available for the Games, split evenly between each gender.
Two recurve, two compound open and one W1 quota place will be on offer for both men and women.
The Olympic qualifier will take place on Saturday (March 27).
The dedicated tournament will offer six quota places, with three spots in the recurve tournaments available for men and women respectively.
The berths are only available to countries who have not already secured a place in the respective competitions, while each nation can only collect a maximum of one quota place per gender.
Brazil, Canada and the United States have already earned men’s recurve places.
Practice is underway at the 2021 Pan American #Archery Championships in Monterrey. There are three tournament fields in use this week! Competition starts with qualification on Tuesday. 🏹🌎#BacktoArchery #ArcheryatTokyo pic.twitter.com/JPD50xH4Da— World Archery (@worldarchery) March 22, 2021
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Venezuela are due to be represented in Monterrey.
Colombia, Mexico and the US have secured women’s recurve spots for Tokyo 2020.
The remaining spots could be secured by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
Individual finals at the Pan American Championships will be held on Sunday (March 28).
Monterrey will also mark the first major international target archery event to include barebow competitions, following the addition of the bowstyle to the discipline’s rules at the start of 2019.
A total of 167 archers are registered to compete in Monterrey.
World Archery has split the Pan American Championships to enable the event in Monterrey to adhere to local health regulations.
Youth and masters categories were removed from the event in Monterrey, with continental titles instead set to be awarded in May at Medellin in Colombia.