World Archery, the sport's governing body, has unveiled its first remote competition, the Lockdown Knockout, which will be streamed live across its digital channels.
Created because of the absence of live archery events during the coronavirus emergency, eight compound archers – four men and four women – will be invited to take part in the first edition of the Lockdown Knockout, which will start with a qualification period on 1 May with matchplay to follow from 9 to 17 May.
The winner of the event will receive SFr1,000 ($1,025) and the runner-up SFr500 in prize money.
Matches will be filmed with mobile phones and a live broadcast produced from a remote location. Coverage will be available live on World Archery’s YouTube and Facebook platforms, with highlights to be made available to linear television channels.
World Archery said participating archers will send two IP video streams – archer and target – via mobile phones on 4G or laptops on stable wifi to a remote production site. The signals will be mixed with graphics and commentary and streamed live by World Archery.
Competitors will only see the broadcast available to the public during the filming of the production. They will be able to interact with their opponent and commentators.
World Archery has suspended its international competition calendar due to coronavirus, with no physical events planned before the start of July.
The Professional Darts Corporation recently launched its Stay Home tournament, comprising 32 successive nights of live darts, with players competing against each from their homes.