Earthquake-hit Mexico City plans archery world championships

Personnel work in rescue operations in the rubble of a building felled by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, in the Ciudad Jardin neighborhood of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Thousands of professionals and volunteers are working frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the powerful quake that hit Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The governing body of archery says Mexico City is still preparing to host the world championships next month despite extensive earthquake damage

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The governing body of archery says Mexico City is still preparing to host the world championships next month despite extensive earthquake damage.

Mexico City is due to host the event, including a congress of archery officials, from Oct. 15-22. Competition finals are being staged in the Zocalo square in the city center.

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen says "while the authorities' immediate priority will be dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes, the 2017 World Archery Congress and Championships should continue as planned."

Dielen says free entry for spectators to the finals can "act as a positive spectacle of sport and solidarity for the people of Mexico City."

World Archery and its sponsors plan to "contribute to the rehabilitation and rebuilding effort of the city."

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