Archery centres back in business

Fadhil Yunus

Archery centres have reopened their doors to the public following the authorities’ decision that archery would be included in the list of sports categorised under single matches as part of the country’s first phase of the de-escalation plan.

The sport joined badminton and ten-pin bowling – which resumed operations last week – in making their facilities available to enthusiasts.

Under the first phase, or Operational Readiness Level 1, four types of sport complexes are allowed to resume operations: golf courses, gyms and fitness centres as well as indoor and outdoor sport facilities.

Archery falls under the category of indoor sport facilities alongside badminton, squash, table tennis, cue sports and ten-pin bowling.

Ar-Rafi Archery Sports Academy in Kampong Jangsak resumed operations, but with social distancing measures and other conditions in place to ensure the wellbeing and safety of visitors and staff. The centre, which also provides training to students, welcomes its first customers in the afternoon session, although entry is limited to only three archers at any given time.

As practised by other sport complexes, archers are required to scan the QR code upon entering and exiting the premises. A temperature checkpoint has also been set up at the entrance to the centre.

Markings have been placed in lanes and chairs while archers are required to observe social distancing at all times. House equipment is also cleaned after each session to maintain hygiene of the facilities.

The centre advised customers to follow instructions from the coach or coordinator in upholding the social responsibility of physical distancing.

Archery is fast growing as a popular sport in the country at both recreational and competitive levels. The sport has steadily gained recognition in both the domestic scene and in the region in recent years after local archers have appeared in a number of international events.