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December 11, 2009

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games     

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is launching the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore Aug. 14-16, 2010.  Archery will be one of the 26 events contested at the multi-sport youth event.  The international event will attract at least 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees.  The archery athletes will be between the ages of 17 and 18.  The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aim to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody, and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect. 

Archery Specific Information

FITA has selected archers 17-18 years old and born between Jan. 1, 1992-Dec. 31, 1993, open to recurve archers.  The format of the competition will feature (32) boys and (32) girls competing in individual competition utilizing a 70 meter round followed by an Olympic Round.  The format will include sets for individuals and a Mixed Team Round also mixed by country; meaning an America boy can be paired with a Chinese girl for the Mixed Team Round. 

Countries began to qualify slots for the Singapore 2010 YOG at the 2009 Youth World Championships in Ogden, UT.  Team USA can qualify one boy and one girl to participate in the Singapore event.  USA Archery has already qualified the girl's slot, while the boys will try to secure their spot at the America's Continental Qualifier in Salinas, Puerto Rico, which is scheduled for April 15-17, 2010. 

America's Continental Qualifier - Boy Quota Spot

To qualify the boy's spot USA Archery will send a team of three archers to the America's Continental Qualifier in Salinas, Puerto Rico, which is scheduled for April 15-17, 2010.  USA Archery utilized the following criteria to determine who would represent Team USA at the qualifying event this coming April.

Utilizing the 2010 Junior USAT Ranking for selection of age eligible archers to travel to the Continental Qualifier, USAA chose the top three Junior boys and top three Cadet boys to make up the athlete selection pool.

USA Archery evaluated these archers based on the archers who have shot the FITA established Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) needed to compete at the YOG in August.  Utilizing the MQS the selection pool was narrowed to four archers, who are listed in ranking order. 

Peter Kelchner - Junior MQS
Josh Smith - Junior MQS
Sean Curtin - Cadet MQS
Daniel McLaughlin - Cadet MQS

The archers will be asked to attend this USA Archery funded event, based on their availability and willingness to attend.  Remember that these individuals are merely qualifying the U.S. a spot in the YOG and they are not qualifying themselves to attend the YOG. 

USA Archery 2010 YOG Trials Process

USA Archery will be hosting the U.S. Youth Olympic Game Trials at the JOAD Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, June 24-27, 2010.  All USA Archery members who are U.S. Citizens with a birth date between Jan. 1, 1992-Dec. 31, 1993 are invited to compete.

The USA Archery YOG Selection Procedures will be posted in early 2010.  The YOG Trials will feature the use of the set play system adopted by FITA that was announced in November.    

Minimum Qualifying Standard for 2010 YOG Participation

FITA's eligibility rules for competing in the 2010 YOG requires a MQS.  The MQS must be achieved in the qualifying period of July 11th, 2009-July 1, 2010.  A cadet MQS can be achieved in 2009.  In 2010, all MQS's must be shot at junior distances as the YOG competition will be a 70m round. 



















USA Archery is excited about the opportunity to compete in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games!  You can check out more on the Singapore 2010 YOG by clicking the website link (   


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