World Archery Executive Board meets during Rio Games

12 August 2016
Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
The board discussed issues related to clean sport, the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio and appointed future technical delegates.

During the early stages of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the World Archery Executive Board held a meeting in archery’s Olympic venue in the Sambodromo.

The Executive Board discussed World Archery’s approach to the fight against doping, which has recently been brought into the spotlight via revelations in the McLaren Report, and what steps the federation might take to ensure archery remains clean.

A decision was made to formulate a strategic plan, to be presented at the Executive Board meeting in December, that direct World Archery’s future clean sport initiatives.

The Executive Board noted its satisfaction of the fast action taken to increase in- and out-of-competition testing in the lead-up to the Olympics, following two anti-doping rule violations and the initial reports of doping issues in Russia.

Regarding the IPC’s move to suspend the membership of the Russian National Paralympic Committee ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Executive Board decided that no action would be taken until the outcome of the Russian NPC’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was known.

The Executive Board approved the appointment of Guo Bei, from China, as the second technical delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining World Archery Events Director Chris Marsh. The appointment ensured gender equity in the position and included a representative from the Asian continent.

Frankie Hoong was appointed as technical delegate for the Universiade in Chinese Taipei in 2017.

A number of bylaws were also approved, with more information coming in future World Archery Info newsletters.

After two days of competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, four of the five continents had climbed the podium. The Executive Board noted its approval at the increase in competition level of many nations, and the diversity in the nationalities of those that looked likely to contest the Olympic podiums.