28 Jan 2016 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) Its all systems go for the 11th African Archery Championship taking place in Windhoek from Friday.
An inspection of the equipment to be used during the event has been carried out and South African archery judge, Dave Martin told Nampa on Thursday all equipment passed the inspection and they are ready for Friday.
About 85 archers from 15 African countries will participate in the three-day championship at the Deutscher Turn und Sportverein (DTS) sports grounds in the capital.
The archers started training at the Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) archery range last weekend.
One of the event organisers, Scott Engel told this news agency on Thursday this will be one of the most prestigious competitions to take place in Namibia.
He said Namibian archers have a good chance of winning because of the home ground advantage.
The president of the Archery Association of Namibia, Frank Bockmühl expressed his satisfaction with the preparation for the event and said the turnout is commendable. He said they only got one cancellation from Sudan. Bockmühl further expressed his appreciation for the support they received from the Namibia National Olympic Committee in preparation for the competition.
The 11th African Archery Championship will start with the qualification round, where the archers will be ranked before the elimination round on Saturday. Individual archers, mixed teams (men and women) as well as teams (three against three) will compete in this stage.
The championship will conclude on Sunday with gold medal matches and bronze medal matches.
The championship serves as a qualifying event for recurve archers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and for compound archers for the 2017 World Championship in Wroclaw, Poland.
Participants from countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Benin, Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Malawi and Tunisia are expected to take part in the event.