The first World Archery Masters Championships will be an open entry tournament for archers aged 40+.
The first World Archery Masters Championships, an open entry tournament for archers aged 40 years and over, will be hosted by the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland on 14-18 August 2018.
A multi-discipline schedule featuring indoor, outdoor and field competitions will be spread over three different venues in the Olympic Capital.
The compound outdoor event will be held at the field in Vidy Park; the indoor and recurve outdoor events will be hosted at the World Archery Excellence Centre; and field archery will take place at the Field Archery Range Montheron.
World Archery Masters Championship titles will only be awarded for the 50+ division in the indoor and outdoor, recurve and compound competitions.
However non-championship events for three additional age groups – 40+, 60+ and 70+ – and those athletes wishing to shoot barebow, instinctive and longbow styles will also be offered. (A minimum of eight participants in each division will be required, otherwise age groups will be combined.)
Participants may enter the tournament directly and do not need to be a member of a national team, although they must be a member of a World Archery national federation.
Home of World Archery and the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne previously hosted the Hyundai Archery World Cup Finals in 2008 and 2014, and the World Archery Championships back in 1989.
World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen said: “The success of archery at the World Masters Games and the high participation rates after the age group’s inclusion at the Indoor Archery World Cup stage in Nimes, France earlier this month show there is clear demand for tournament archery within masters athletes.”
“The Olympic Capital has proven a world-class location for international archery events – and with the World Archery Excellence Centre in Lausanne acting as a development hub for archery, this sends a clear message that World Archery is committed to growing the sport at all levels.”