World Archery Championships to go ahead despite Mexico City earthquake
The World Archery Championships will go ahead as planned next month despite the earthquake that struck Mexico City earlier this week.
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, killed 273 people, with the International Paralympic Committee making the decision to postpone its World Championships in powerlifting and swimming in light of the disaster.
The championships are scheduled to take place from October 15-22, with World Archery insisting it will continue to monitor the situation in Mexico City in the lead up to the event.
Great Britain won one medal at the last edition of the championships, held in Copenhagen in 2015, with Adam Ravenscroft claiming bronze in the men’s individual compound.
"On behalf of the global archery family, World Archery extends its deepest thoughts, sympathies and condolences to the people of Mexico following natural disasters that have resulted in the tragic loss of life and damage to buildings and infrastructure," said World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen.
"World Archery has been in regular contact with the organisers of the upcoming World Archery Congress and Championships, due to be held in Mexico City in mid-October, to asses what effect these earthquakes might have on the event.
"We have been assured that, while the authorities' immediate priority will be dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes, the 2017 World Archery Congress and Championships should continue as planned.
"It is our hope that the finals arena, free to enter for spectators in the Zocalo at the end of the championships, will act as a positive spectacle of sport and solidarity for the people of Mexico City.
"To that end, World Archery has committed to working with its partners to contribute to the rehabilitation and rebuilding effort of the city, and ensure these championships leave a lasting and positive legacy during a difficult period of sadness and loss."