IOC President visits Olympic archery venue

12 August 2016
Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach visited women’s finals day at the Rio 2016 archery tournament.

President Bach, who originates from Germany, by chance arrived just in time to watch Lisa Unruh claim the nation’s first-ever individual medal in archery at the Olympic Games.

Unruh finished the women’s individual competition with silver.

IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge and ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti also joined President Bach and World Archery President Prof Dr Ugur Erdener at the competition session.

Archery has found its home at the 2016 Olympics in the Sambodromo, an iconic stadium set at the end of Rio’s annual samba carnival parade route.

“Archery has done a wonderful job in taking a world famous landmark at the heart of Rio’s carnival culture and turning it into a top class sports venue,” said President Bach.

“The atmosphere and the feel of the Sambodromo has remained, even if the show in the spotlight is different.”

President Bach also met with some archery athletes, including Great Britain’s seventh-place finisher in the women’s competition, Naomi Folkard.

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