- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Hosting an international competition has bolstered the future of the National Field Archery Association’s Easton Yankton Archery Complex, according to officials.

The Yankton facility recently hosted nearly 600 archers from 51 countries for the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships.

“It was good recognition for Yankton that we were not just some small town in South Dakota hosting the event, but a community of love that opens their arms to anyone who comes into our community,” said World Archery Youth Championships tournament Manager Nancy Wenande.

After the tournament wrapped up last weekend, officials with the Iraq and Puerto Rico teams have expressed interest about returning to the facility to train, she said.

“All of the comments we heard were so incredibly positive,” Wenande said. “Never having hosted a World Archery event before, we didn’t really know what to expect, but we have a standard within our community that when we host events, we do it right, and that was recognized by the rest of the world.”

Although it isn’t likely that a city would host the same tournament back-to-back, National Field Archery Association President Bruce Cull said the group wants to bid on hosting a world competition for adult archers in 2018, the Daily Press & Dakotan reports (https://bit.ly/1fgPVe8 ) reported.

“If another tournament comes up and we’re able to get the bid for it, we’ll make it happen,” Wenande said.

Cull also hopes the Yankton complex also can serve as a training site for archers heading to the Olympics.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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