Moscow will host this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup Final, World Archery, the sport’s world governing body, has announced, the first international archery event to take place in Russia since the 1980 Olympic Games.
The event, which is scheduled for 6 and 7 September, will take place in the iconic Red Square, with the Russian capital joining Medellin, Shanghai, Antalya and Berlin as host cities on the top-tier international circuit this year.
Ugur Erdener, president of World Archery, said: “The Hyundai Archery World Cup Final is an event purpose-built for iconic venues. Not only is Red Square a stunning location, but it is the perfect place for Russia’s successful archers to compete on the world circuit on home soil for the first time in a long time.
“As we close in towards the end of this Olympic cycle, we expect another increase in television exposure and public interest in the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final and we are confident that Moscow can deliver a quality event that will be necessary to fully take advantage of this opportunity.”
Remaining stages in this year’s World Cup circuit ahead of the final are: Antalya, Turkey – 20-26 May; and Berlin, Germany – 1-7 July.
Earlier this month World Archery announced that Sony Pictures Networks, the Indian broadcasting group, has acquired rights to its showpiece events in 2019.
The initial one-year deal covers the Hyundai Archery World Cup season and the Hyundai World Archery Championships, which will be the primary qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The contract gives SPN exclusivity in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Maldives.
In January, Hyundai, the South Korean car manufacturer, extended its title sponsorship of the World Cup and World Championships to 2021.
Hyundai first came on board in 2016, and the deal again covers the annual World Cup and biennial World Championships.