Archery Fiji Federation is hoping they’ll soon be given the green-light to resume with training ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. This is after non-contact sport including volleyball, tennis, and golf are permitted to resume friendly matches.
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Archery Fiji President George Fong remains hopeful, the archers will soon be permitted to train and prepare for the coming Olympics.
“We did contact the Sports Commission and the Police National Command Centre and as far as we know we have not been allowed to re-open.”
The Times of India reported that the suspension was imposed last August after a power struggle within the AAI resulted in the election of two parallel ruling bodies for the association. The two factions held simultaneous elections on June 9 last year and elected two different presidents – Arjun Munda and BVP Rao.
The federation has been instructed to update its constitution to clarify athlete membership, develop a strategic plan, and resolve other governance issues. A progress report is required every three months.” The next international tournament is the Indoor World Series in Las Vegas on February 8-10. India has a quota to enter three male archers and one female archer at Tokyo Olympic.
WA lifted the suspension after the AAI last week held another election, ordered by the Delhi High Court. Munda was elected president, defeating Rao by 34 votes to 18. The election was observed by officials from WA and the Indian Olympics Association.
Archers will need to compete in the Oceania Archery Championship which serves as a qualifying event to the Olympic 2020 Games. The championship has two quota spots to the Olympic 2020 Games with one spot allocated for women and one for men both in the recurve division.
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