Statement on earthquakes in Mexico in September 2017

21 September 2017
Lausanne (SUI)
Mexico City will host the World Archery Championships on 15-22 October 2017.

Following the news of two recent earthquakes in Mexico in the month leading up to the nation hosting the world championships, World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the global archery family, World Archery extends its deepest thoughts, sympathies and condolences to the people of Mexico following natural disasters that have resulted in the tragic loss of life and damage to buildings and infrastructure.”

“World Archery has been in regular contact with the organisers of the upcoming World Archery Congress and Championships, due to be held in Mexico City in mid-October, to assess what effect these earthquakes might have on the event.”

“We have been assured that, while the authorities’ immediate priority will be dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes, the 2017 World Archery Congress and Championships should continue as planned.”

“It is our hope that the finals arena, free to enter for spectators in the Zocalo at the end of the championships, will act as a positive spectacle of sport and solidarity for the people of Mexico City.”

“To that end, World Archery has committed to working with its partners to contribute to the rehabilitation and rebuilding effort of the city, and ensure these championships leave a lasting and positive legacy during a difficult period of sadness and loss.”

World Archery will continue to monitor the situation in Mexico City.

National member associations will receive any further updates directly from the office. More news on contributions to the rebuilding effort will follow.

The 2017 World Archery Championships run 15-22 October in Mexico City, Mexico.