Preview: Third stop on 2023 Asia Cup gathers in Singapore
The third Asia Cup of 2023 sees archers from across the continent head to the Bukit Gombak Stadium in Singapore and world ranking points, now so crucial for Olympic qualification, are up for grabs. With selections for the Hyundai World Archery Championships settling, this is the time to make an impact.
All the major Asian archery nations – bar Japan – are represented, with 27 countries sending teams or individuals, and less-often-seen archery nations like Jordan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan competing as well.
Korea, the dominant Asian archery nation, are sending a set of youthful recurve names we've not seen internationally before – the youngest, Jo Hanyi, is just 15 years old. The recurve rookies are accompanied by full-strength senior compound teams including veterans such as 2017 World Archery Champion Song Yun Soo.
India took a clean sweep of both the men’s and women’s individual compound podiums at the last leg in Tashkent. With the top Korean compounds in the mix in Singapore, that will be a much more difficult task this time around.
Two now-veteran archers from Iraq, sisters Fatimah Almashhadani and Rand Saad Almashhadani are also in competition this week. Rand, shooting recurve, got a wildcard to the London 2012 Olympic Games and had a match against eventual winner Ki Bo Bae, while Fatimah made an extraordinary impact on the compound field at the Archery World Cup stage in Antalya in 2014 where she took a silver medal, aged just 16.
What’s happening? The third leg of the Asia Cup, running from 5-10 June 2023 in Singapore.
What’s at stake? World ranking points.
Who’s competing? Some 228 archers from 27 countries have made the trip.
What’s the story? After evens in Taoyuan (Chinese Taipei) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan) earlier in 2023, the third leg of the Asia Cup heads to Singapore. The continental circuit is a traditional proving ground for younger archers from the major Asian archery nations, as well as senior hands from many other countries.
- Tuesday 6 June: Qualifying
- Wednesday 7 June: Eliminations
- Thursday 8 June: Team eliminations
- Friday 9 June: Mixed team eliminations
- Saturday 10 June: Finals
How to watch
Watch live footage on the World Archery YouTube channel. Live scores will be available on the World Archery website, and there will be coverage on World Archery’s digital platforms throughout the competition.
Full entries are available online. These are the top-ranked archers shooting in Singapore:
- Recurve men: Ryan Tyack, Australia (world rank: 46)
- Recurve women: Diya Siddique, Bangladesh (world rank: 45)
- Compound men: Yang Jaewon, Korea (world rank: 20)
- Compound women: Song Yun Soo, Korea (world rank: 26)
Competition at the Asia Cup leg in Singapore starts with qualifying on Tuesday.