Barbelin lauds opportunity in Paris during launch press conference

Press conference launch of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup stage in Paris.

Paris launched its promotional activities for the third stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup with a virtual press conference held from its venue at Charlety Stadium on Tuesday.

The event will also act as the final world qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. France currently has no quotas for the archery tournament and will be among the teams competing for invitations.

“This tournament means a lot to me,” said French archer Lisa Barbelin, speaking remotely from the national training centre during the press conference. “I want to shine in Paris, shine at home. I dream of winning the team quotas, that would be wonderful, and I dream of medals.”

Barbelin has podiumed at both the recent European Grand Prix events in Porec and Antalya.

It is a promising start to an important season, the pivotal moment of which will be on home soil at this tournament in France in June.

Paris will host a stage of archery’s international circuit each year in the lead up to the 2024 Olympic Games, where the sport will utilise the stunning Palace des Invalides. City council sports advisor Magali Munos called the four-year plan “a perfect illustration of a desire to be an international capital of sport”.

The final qualification tournament will take place on 19-21 June and the third stage of the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup on 22-27 June in Paris, France.

Scroll down for highlights from other speakers at the press conference.

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“[The number of entries] is a great success. We’ve seen how much the last quota places are motivating everyone. It gives us a lot of responsibility but we are very happy with this number of athletes.”

Seb Flute, 1992 Olympic Champion and technical delegate for Tokyo 2020
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“The World Cup is very important to us because it’s our annual competition circuit and rewards the archers who are the most consistent throughout the year.”

“It is a promotional and developmental tool for our sport, a driving force for our sport today, and it allows us to showcase our sport between the Olympic Games and between world championships.”

Tom Dielen, World Archery secretary general
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“It is a great pleasure for the federation and archery to be able to hold an event in Paris, this world-famous city, and it is really a beautiful image that we will show of France.”

Jean-Michel Cleroy, French federation president
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