World Archery Africa introduces staggered elections at extraordinary congress
World Archery Africa approved a system of staggered elections at an extraordinary congress held in Cairo, Egypt on 10 November. The change was made to prevent inactive council members from impeding the ability of the continental federation to function.
Elections took place to implement the new system straight away.
Wesley John Gates (South Africa), Abdullahi Mohammed Baba (Nigeria) and Jean Beya Wa Kabenga (DR Congo) were elected as council members for a four-year term until 2022.
Essis Mi-Careme Moise (Ivory Coast) was elected as vice president for the western region and Heidi Reddig (Namibia) as vice president for the south until 2022.
Mohamed Charif (Morocco) was elected as vice president for the north for a two-year term until 2020.
East vice president Al-Yousouf Bayjou (Mauritius) was elected as first vice president of World Archery Africa, also for a two-year term until 2020.
Extensions were added to three positions in order to stagger upcoming elections. President Alaa Eldin Gabr (Egypt), and council members Ahmed Tarik Amiry (Sudan) and Tabassum Anwar (Kenya) will remain in post for an additional two years until 2020.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen attended the extraordinary congress. He congratulated delegates on the performance of African athletes at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Archery will be included in the African Games for the first time in 2019 when the tournament will act as a continental qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.