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Bow International Issue 141

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Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

2 min.
hold fast

In the last issue of Bow, there was a tiny box on the news page about the potential impact of coronavirus on the archery world, and how so far it had merely stopped a couple of Korean archers flying to Vegas. I had a strong inkling then that that wasn't nearly the last of it. The world of international sport has now been thrown into total chaos, with the archery World Cup circuit looking like it may not happen at all this year, and the Olympics and Paralympics finally postponed to 2021, after many weeks of speculation. (More about that on page 8). You will likely be reading this sometime in April 2020, amid a pandemic which has finally engulfed the world. You're very likely thinking about new concepts like social distancing…

1 min.
bow news

COVID-19 UPENDS INTERNATIONAL ARCHERY, EVERYTHING ELSE The world of sport – hobby, club, national and international – has ground to a halt across the globe, with many countries under severe restrictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that emerged in China at the end of 2019 and is still spreading throughout the world. With no sure end date in sight for the outbreak, the archery world has seen dozens of tournaments cancelled all over the world, and the Olympic Games has been suspended to 2021 (see page 8 for many more details). High profile casualties include the Olympic qualifiers in Oceania and the Pan-American Championships, as well as the first World Cup stage of the year in Guatemala. Many competitions and championships had been building towards the Olympic Games…

1 min.
put your bow down

The advice from ArcheryGB, the national governing body in the UK, is stark: "In line with government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we are advising that all archery in the UK is postponed for the foreseeable future. Our priority is the health and safety of our members, participants, volunteers and staff." This matches government advice to reduce contact to all but the essentials in order to stop the spread of the virus, with most people encouraged to practice social distancing. Over the last couple of weeks as Bow went to press, clubs in the UK and throughout the world closed their doors. It is thought that shooting outdoors, even with careful social distancing, would be likely to invalidate insurance, so Bow urges all clubs to comply with the recommendation as listed until further notice.…

1 min.
fazza concludes

Dubai’s annual para event was one of the last major competitions to go ahead before the raft of cancellations caused by coronavirus. The men’s open tournament was won by veteran Marcel Pavlik, who beat equally veteran Alberto Simonelli to the gold medal. As usual, GBR was strong, with a ten handed team travelling to the UAE, although none managed to take gold. Jessica Stretton came closest, but was beating 141-138 by Turkey’s Oznur Cure in compound women’s open. Full results are available on worldarchery.org…

1 min.
japan continues selection events

One of the handful of nations to continue selecting archers for Tokyo 2020, Japan refined its squad down to final fives for the now rescheduled Olympics, behind closed doors on the 21-22 March. The second phase consisted of four 72-arrow rounds. Heavy winds led to upsets, with Kaori Kawanaka, Yuki Hayashi and world number four Tomomi Sugimoto all eliminated. Leading the trials is Takaharu Furukawa, despite shooting a miss in the first round. Ren Hayakawa is leading the women’s trials. Both Hayakawa and Furukawa are veterans and medallists from London 2012.…

1 min.
indian archery league launched

The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Saturday decided to launch the Indian Archery League (IAL), to feature top Indian and overseas archers, in the latest development for the lively world of Indian sport. The AAI has developed a committee to explore the possibilities of the new league, which follows similar developments in Taiwan and Korea. “We have spoken to some houses in the private sector and we have got three or four options. We will have our first meeting in March when we will find the way forward,” chairman Virendra Sachdeva told Indian news website Sportstar. The AAI is also developing a grass-roots initiative called ‘Archery Mahakumb,’ involving over 10,000 archers who use bamboo bows and arrows, from 700 districts, including residential schools to be opened all over the country. This is…