Compound competition confirmed for 2019 Pan Am Games
For the first time since archery was introduced to the Pan American Games in 1979, the multisport event programme will include a compound competition for the 2019 edition set to be held in Lima, Peru from 26 July to 11 August.
The continental games will be the second to include the compound bow after the 2014 Asian Games.
“After a few years of negotiation with the Pan American Sports Organisation and the Lima 2019 Organising Committee, we are delighted to confirm the inclusion of the compound bow in the 2019 Pan American Games,” said World Archery Americas President Maria Emma Gaviria.
“Jose Quinones, President of the Peruvian Olympic Committee, visited Medellin to watch the final matches of the Archery World Cup stage in 2016, which was a great opportunity for him to see what archery, and compound in particular, is all about.”
As well as being the home nation of world number one Sara Lopez and holding a stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup for four years, Colombia also hosted the first World Games to include a compound competition in Cali in 2013.
“It is our job now to help compound athletes across the continent prepare for this historic event to effectively demonstrate why compound archery, as well as recurve, has a place in multisport Games,” added Maria Emma.
Lima 2019 will include individual compound competitions for eight men and eight women – for a total of 16 archers – and a mixed team event. The qualification system for both recurve and compound competitions is currently under review.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games take place from 26 July to 11 August 2019 in Lima, Peru.