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WAF To Seek Assistance

2/10/21

World Archery Fiji are hopeful of further support to assist International Olympic Committee Scholarship recipient Robert Elder prepare well for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

While waiting for a repatriation flight to return to Fiji, if border restrictions are allowed within Australia, Robert could possibly remain there to compete in World Archery registered events.

Secretary of World Archery Fiji, Ajay Ballu advised that "Robert has already identified some of these events which are recognised Olympic qualifying events."

IOC Recipient Robert Elder @ the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa

Meanwhile, World Archery Fiji held the first of six national series competitions on Sunday the 6th of February, which have been approved as qualifying events to the Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan later this year.

Ajay said the series has 5 more competitions later this year which is ample time for athletes to try and reach the Qualification Score.

"So we are looking forward to the rest of the series and our Recurve archers have a good chance to qualify for the Olympics should someone attain the Minimum Qualification Score of 640," he said.

Ajay said despite the bad weather three athletes managed to take part in the Recurve division with George Fong registering the highest score of 512.

Fellow athletes Nathan Kirk scored 478 while Rajiv Solanki scored 447.

"Now the expectation on  all archers is to continue their training regularly and keep shooting and trying to better their scores," Ajay said.

World Archery has extended the period in which athletes can shoot minimum qualifying scores until June 28, 2021.

The organisation said 87 of the 128 archery quotas for Tokyo 2020 had been filled, and that all places already qualified would remain with the nation which secured the berth at the Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said athletes who have qualified for Tokyo 2020 will retain their places for the rescheduled Games, now  to be held between July 23 and August 8 2021 with the archery competition to be held 24-31 July.

Fiji has been represented at the Olympics Games in the sport of Archery in 2004, 2012 and 2016.