All is not lost for the Indian men's archery team even though it finished last among the 12 teams after the qualification round on July 27 at the Lord's cricket ground.
According to the World Archery Federation, the governing body for the sport, the rules stipulate that the ranking round will be used to rank the athletes from one to 64 and then the elimination round would take place. After the qualification round the archers are paired and shoot in a head-to-head elimination format. The top-ranked athlete shoots against the athlete ranked 64th, second against 63rd and so on. The competition is the best of five sets, with each athlete shooting three arrows per set.
Athletes score two points for winning the set and one point for a draw. The first athlete to six points wins the match. If a match is tied, a single-arrow shoot-off is held, and the nearest to the centre of the target wins.
At the end of the knockout stage the winners of the semi-final matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining two athletes compete in the bronze-medal match.
The rules are same for the team event, the only difference being that the top four teams get a bye and the teams ranked fifth and lower are then paired. After the ranking round, the teams will shoot in a head-to-head elimination format. Each team will shoot four sets of six arrows (two arrows per archer).
The team with the highest total will win the match, with winning teams progressing through the draw until only the finalists remain.
If two teams are tied, a three-arrow shoot-off is held. If this doesn't separate them, the team closest to the centre of the target emerges the winner. The two winning teams from the respective semi-final matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining teams compete in the bronze-medal match.