Iran Archer Qualifies for 2018 Youth Olympics

Iran Archer Qualifies for  2018 Youth OlympicsIran Archer Qualifies for  2018 Youth Olympics

Young Iranian archer Amir Reza Safaeipour was placed among top 16 athletes in World Archery Youth Championships and booked a berth at the Youth Olympic Games 2018.

In the qualification matches in Rosario, Argentina, 500 archers from 65 nations are competing to secure a spot at next year’s Youth Olympic Games to be held in Bonus Aires, Argentina, Mehr News Agency reported.

Safaeipour has three precious victories against rivals from Belgium (6-2), Kazakhstan (6-4) and Romania (6-4) and goes directly to the 2018 Bonus Aires event.

Sogand Haddad, Iran’s other representative, breezed past a contestant from Poland (6-0) in his opening match though was later downed by a China archer. Haddad found a place in the second-chance group where he pulled out a 7-3 victory over an opponent from Italy.

The young Iranian athlete later lost to a Filipino archer and landed 17th overall. As such, Haddad will remain on the reserve list and will replace any archer who, for any reason, might miss the Olympic Games.

It is worth noting that every country can have two archers, one boy and one girl, for the Youth Olympic Games and Iran will be able to collect its second quota at the 20th Asian Archery Championships to be held in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh in November.


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