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Yankton Lands Two World Archery Tourneys

The world will be returning to Yankton.

Fresh off hosting the World Archery Youth Championships this summer, Yankton received some big news Monday. World Archery announced the host countries for World Championships events through 2020, and Yankton was announced as a host city for both the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships and the 2020 World Archery Field Championships.

“USA Archery is pleased to extend our sincerest congratulations to the organizers in Yankton,” USA Archery CEO Denise Parker said in a separate release. “After hosting a very successful World Archery Youth Championships in 2015, we are excited to see World Archery recognize their efforts by awarding them more international competitions.”

The other events announced included: Netherlands as the host of the 2019 World Archery Championships, World Archery Para Championships and the World Archery Congress.

In addition, Beijing, China will host the 2017 World Archery Para Championships; Cortina, Italy, will be the site for the 2018 World Archery Field Championships; and Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada, was awarded the 2019 World Archery 3D Championships.

According to World Archery, its executive board meeting was hosted by the Turkish Archery Federation in Istanbul last weekend.

The only other time the World Archery Indoor Championships was held in the United States was in 2012 in Las Vegas. Since then, the event has been held in Nimes, France, in 2014 and will be held in Ankara, Turkey, next year.

The last time the Field Championships have been held in the United States was 1969 in Pennsylvania.

“We’re obviously super excited,” said Bruce Cull, president of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) which is headquartered in Yankton.

Cull had previously traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the World Archery Congress back in July.

“All the work we did, talking to people involved, paid off,” he said. “From a hometown standpoint, too, the really big news is yet to come.”

More information will be released at a press conference later this week, Cull said.

- Jeremy Hoeck, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Email: jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net  Twitter: @jhoeck

Original article here.