Athletes all around the world are competing for their spot in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As the World Cup and the Cup World Ranking Events continue, archers are beginning to claim their spot in this event.

The archery events in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will begin on July 24th. There are a total of 128 qualifying spots, half for men and the other half for women. As the host of this event, Japan secures six places and another four determined by the Tripartite Commission. The remaining spots will be held by qualifying archers through a qualification process announced by World Archery in a series of international events. This process is held through the 2019 World Archery Championships and ends in the final qualifying tournaments just before the Olympics begin. Athletes that win a spot in competition aren’t necessarily going to attend the Olympics. National Olympic Committees review the quotas, accept the spot and nominate the athlete that will fill it. Nations can either qualify one individual archer or a team of three archers. This way there is no means of sending two athletes of the same gender.

Archers are not officially allocated until after the world championships. The qualification process is as follows:

  • August 2018 Asian Games: top-ranked team and the top three individuals win places for their nation
  • June 2019 World Archery Championships: top eight teams and the top four individuals from nations not already qualified win places
  • Summer 2019 Continental Games: top-ranked mixed teams and top individuals win spots if not already qualified for their nation at the Pan American and European Games; top-ranked mixed team that isn’t already qualified for their nation wins a spot at the African and Pacific Games
  • Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Continental Events: this event is held for those who have not yet had any quota places and the top-ranked individuals win places for their country
    • Europe: 4 spots
    • Asia: 3 spots
    • Americas: 3 spots
    • Africa: 2 spots
    • Oceania: 1 spot
  • Summer 2020- Final Qualification tournament: only nations without quotas will compete and top three teams are placed. Those without a team or individual placed will be awarded top-ranked individuals
  • July 2020 University Spaces: two places are given to countries to support development and equality from a list developed by the International Olympic Committee

National Olympic Committees then confirm all of the quota places then confirm the athletes. Nations pick their archers however they choose and there is variation in the selection process. Learn more about the Summer Olympics, quotas and the regulations at World Archery’s website.