Archery: the World Cup starts again. Also Nespoli and Boari competing in Antalya

The Tokyo medalists will be in Turkey together with 14 other Azzurri for the first international stage of the season

The Turkish city of Antalya will host the first international event of the outdoor archery season. Everything is ready for the first stage of the World Cup which will take place from 19 to 24 April and will also see sixteen archers from the Italian national team at the start, including the medalists at the Tokyo Olympics Mauro Nespoli and Lucilla Boari. A total of 47 nations will be represented with 340 archers at the start, including 198 in the Olympic and 142 in the compound. The World Cup will then continue in May in South Korea in Gwangju, in June in Paris, in July in Medellin and will conclude in October with the finals in Tlaxcala in Mexico.


There will be a total of sixteen Azzurri in the race. In the men’s Olympic competition, the Technical Director Giorgio Botto has summoned Mauro Nespoli, Federico Musolesi and David Pasqualucci from the Air Force and Alessandro Paoli from the Fiamme Azzurre. In the women’s category there will be Lucilla Boari and Tatiana Andreoli of the Fiamme Oro and the archers of the Air Force Karen Hervat and Vanessa Landi. As for the compound, the technical director of the sector Flavio Valesella has summoned Marco Bruno (Arcieri Iuvenilia), Elia Fregnan (Arcieri del Torrazzo), Viviano Mior (Kosmos Rovereto), Federico Pagnoni (Compagnia Arcieri Bresciani), Irene Franchini (Fiamme Azzurre) , Marcella Tonioli (Arcieri Montalcino) and the athletes of the Cormòns Archers Paola Natale and Sara Ret. Following the Italian delegation will be present in Turkey in addition to the technical director Giorgio Botto and the head of delegation Enrico Rebagliati, the coaches of the recurve Matteo Bisiani and Natalia Valeeva, the technical director of the compound Flavio Valesella, the psychologist Manolo Cattari and the physiotherapist Andrea Rossi.


The competition program includes the first official arrows on Tuesday 19 April in the afternoon with the qualifications of both the men’s and women’s compound. The compound team competition will take place on Wednesday morning with all the challenges including the finals for the bronze. In the afternoon, the debut for the Olympic archers with the 72 arrows in the men’s and women’s ranking round. The competition will continue on Thursday morning with all the fights up to the finals for the bronze medal of the recurve teams and in the afternoon with the first individual fights (up to the quarterfinals) of the compound. On Friday morning the mixed teams will be on stage with clashes up to the semi-finals which will be followed by the elimination rounds of the Olympic arch competition. Finally, the weekend will be dedicated to all the finals, with the compound finals on Saturday and the Olympic arch finals on Sunday, which will follow this pattern: in the morning the challenges for gold in teams and mixed teams, in the afternoon the bronze semi-finals and finals and individual gold.



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