PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will not be represented in archery team event at the Olympics for the first time since 2008 Beijing Games.
This comes after the trio of Khairul Anuar Mohamed, Akmal Nor Hasrin and Zarif Syahiir Zolkepeli failed to secure one of the last three tickets to Tokyo Games offered in the Final Qualification Tournament (FQT) in Paris on Sunday (June 20).
Khairul and teammates reached the quarter-finals before losing 2-6 to Ukraine.
Malaysia had earlier performed well in the qualifying stage by posting a 1,998 total to be placed seventh out of 38 countries.
They were awarded a bye into the last 16 by virtue of being the top eight ranked teams.
In the opener, Malaysia edged Mongolia 6-2 to set up a last eight clash with reigning European Championships runners-up Ukraine.
Having failed in their bid, Khairul will be the sole representative in Tokyo unless the women's squad comprising inexperienced Nur Ain Ayuni Fozi, Syaqiera Mashayikh and Nurul Azreena Fazil could spring a surprise on Monday.
Khairul sealed an individual spot after bagging a historic silver at the 2019 World Championships.
Final: United States bt Indonesia 5-3.
Third place: France bt Ukraine 6-0.
Semi-finals: United States bt France 6-0; Indonesia bt Ukrain 6-0.
Quarter-finals: United States bt Spain 6-2; France bt Mexico 5-3; Indonesia bt Italy 5-1; Ukraine bt Malaysia 6-2.
Round of 16: United States bt Slovenia 6-2; Spain bt Canada 5-3; Mexico bt Russia 6-2; France bt Belarus 5-1; Italy bt Croatia 6-0; Indonesia bt Bangladesh 6-0; Malaysia bt Mongolia 6-2; Ukraine bt Germany 5-3.
Qualification (top eight): 1. United States 2031, 2. Germany 2028, 3. Italy 2023, 4. France 2022, 5. Russia 2021, 7. Indonesia 1999, 7. Malaysia 1998; 8. Canada 1997