Shanghai 2024: China hosts 18th World Cup season opener

Archers on the shooting line at Yuanshen Stadium.

The Hyundai Archery World Cup returns to China for the 14th time in the circuit’s 18-year history, with more than 300 athletes competing for the first tickets to Tlaxcala, and the 2024 Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

With only three stages this season – it’s condensed due to the Olympics – there are few opportunities for archers to make a mark.

After this month’s leg in Shanghai, the tour moves to Yecheon (Korea) in May and Antalya (Türkiye) in June. The three stage winners will be joined in Tlaxcala by points qualifiers and the winners of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Marcus D’Almeida, Mathias Fullerton and Sara Lopez are set to defend their circuit titles in 2024. There will be a new champion in the recurve women’s category as Kang Chae Young did not make the Korean team.

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Key information

What’s happening? The first stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup on 23-28 April 2024 at Yuanshen Stadium (qualification and eliminations) and Pudong Riverside Financial Plaza (finals).

What’s at stake? Stage winners book a ticket for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

Who’s competing? More than 330 archers from 46 countries.

What’s the story? Another year in Shanghai (the 14th) but a brand-new venue in the financial area of Pudong close to the Huangpu River. A first look at Olympic squads, including Korea. Some countries have sent B teams – in pursuit of valuable world ranking points.

Event schedule

  • Tuesday 23 April: Compound qualifying
  • Wednesday 24 April: Recurve qualifying
  • Thursday 25 April: Compound eliminations
  • Friday 26 April: Recurve eliminations
  • Saturday 27 April: Compound finals*
  • Sunday 28 April: Recurve finals*

*Teams in the morning, individual final fours in the afternoon.

How to watch

Coverage of the first stage of the 2024 Hyundai Archery World Cup is being shown worldwide by broadcast partners and available worldwide to archery+ subscribers.

Check local listings on BeIN (MENA), CCTV (China), Claro Sports (Latin America), Eleven (Chinese Taipei), Eurosport (Europe), Fox (Australia), SpoTV (Korea and Southeast Asia), SETIndia (Indian subcontinent), Rai (Italy) and TRT (Turkey).

Live scores will be available on the World Archery website, and there will be coverage on World Archery’s digital platforms throughout the competition.

Team points vital

The bulk of the international season is condensed into three months in 2024.

All three stages of the Hyundai Archery World Cup, two continental championships (in the Americas and Europe) and the final Olympic qualifier will all have taken place by the end of June.

Teams are choosing, carefully, where to send archers in the lead-up to the Olympics.

But with two team tickets per gender for Paris 2024 being awarded on world ranking position, picking up ranking points at top-tier internationals is critical. So even teams that have chosen to rest their top squads for Shanghai (like Brazil and Italy) will send back-ups to China.

Should somebody stand out, that will surely create some tough selection decisions?

The Korean women

Lim Sihyeon, Nam Suhyeon and Jeon Hunyoung will attempt to win an historic 10th consecutive Olympic title for Korea this summer in Paris. Shanghai will be the first gauge of the inexperienced line-up’s form on the international stage.

Returning women’s coach Yang Changhoon – he was also in charge of the team that won at Rio 2016 – does not have long to make sure the squad delivers.

Who’s competing?

Only one of the individual winners at last year’s stage Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit in Shanghai returns to China next week:

These are the top-ranked archers competing in Shanghai:

A total of 332 archers (115 recurve men, 96 recurve women, 74 compound men and 47 compound women) from the following 46 teams are registered to compete at the tournament:

Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, USA, US Virgin Islands and Vietnam.

Competition in Shanghai starts with compound qualifying on Tuesday afternoon.