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March 24, 2020

USA Archery Statement of Support on Postponement of Olympic and Paralympic Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Earlier today the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee issued a joint statement announcing that the Olympic Games will be postponed to 2021, but no later than next summer. The statement was soon followed by a statement of support from the International Paralympic Committee, sharing that the Paralympic Games will also be postponed to 2021.

While we saw this news coming through evolvements of the COVID-19 outbreak the last few days, our hearts break for the archery community, all involved with Tokyo 2020, and those affected by the coronavirus. Most especially, our sadness is for the athletes who have been training every day for years to chase their life’s dream, only to have it put on hold for another several months. While public health is rightfully prioritized, your time to shine on the world stage will be a welcomed light at the end of this tunnel.

USA Archery CEO Rod Menzer shared: “I am glad that this decision was made for the right reasons, which is prioritizing the health and safety of the athletes. That is most important to all of us, along with ensuring a level playing field and equal opportunities.”

He added: “We understand everyone needs to retool and we are still waiting on the details. USA Archery is already hard at work on making necessary adjustments to event schedules to include related trials event and selection procedures, and will share updates as soon as possible.” We are doing all we can with our events to accommodate and to prioritize postponement over cancellations; we thank USA Archery’s partners and event organizers for their efforts and support.

CEO Menzer’s advice to the athletes: “Take this time to care for yourself and your families. One more year means more time to prepare and become a stronger and better athlete, use the time you have now to recharge and focus on caring for yourself and your community so that we can hit the ground running when we are safely able to restart competitions.”

We sincerely look forward to seeing you all on the field again soon as we rebuild our Road to Tokyo.

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