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Report: World Archery Executive Board May Stop World Indoor Championships

29 Dec, 2016


According to an article in Inside The Games, the biennial World Indoor Archery Championships could be removed from the calendar after the sport’s international governing body made a proposal to axe the event at its Executive Board meeting in Lausanne.

If approved at next year's Congress, the winners of the Indoor Archery World Cup series would be considered world champions in the future.

Turkey’s capital Ankara hosted the 13th edition of the World Indoor Archery Championships in March and it could be the last. 

Other proposals made included increasing the number of members in World Archery Committees to five, with staggered elections, in a bid to promote better transfer of knowledge.

Upping the number of teams advancing to eliminations to 24 was also put forward.  

A decision, which will not require the approval of Congress, was made to increase entry fees to World Archery events - World Archery Championships and Archery World Cup stages - and introduce procedures for late registration and accreditation changes.

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen delivered a report on the body's activities since the last Executive Board meeting, which was held during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and presented the budget for 2017.

The Board also heard from Tokyo 2020 sport manager Yuko Okura and received updates on the Mexico City 2017 World Archery Championships and Congress.

Proceedings formed part of a week-long program that included meetings of World Archery’s Permanent and Ad-Hoc Committees and Commissions.

Committees discussed updates to the World Archery rulebook, challenges and opportunities in developing the sport, and gave feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation.

They were also asked to outline a number of goals for next year, as part of World Archery’s drive to ensure all aspects of its structure remain proactive.

"Bringing together everyone in World Archery’s governance structure allows representatives from different aspects of the federation to properly discuss the direction of the sport," said Dielen.

"It gives us the opportunity to bounce around ideas, properly work through positive changes and gain perspective, with inputs from individuals from diverse backgrounds, interests and responsibilities within World Archery."

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