Honorary secretary general Giuseppe Cinnirella dies at age 74

4 January 2019
Milan, Italy
Cinnirella was World Archery secretary general for 24 years.

Giuseppe Cinnirella, who served as World Archery’s secretary general from 1981 to 2005 and was better known as Beppe, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday 4 January 2019.

Beppe is credited with transforming the international federation from volunteer-run to a professional organisation.

He became secretary general during the presidency of his friend, Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone, in 1981 and continued to serve until the end of James Easton’s time as president in 2005. Upon retiring from the position, he was made honorary secretary general of World Archery.

Beppe was also an international judge, and a technical official at the 1980 Olympic Games, and was awarded a gold plaquette by World Archery for services to the sport in 1999.

Through ailing health, Cinnirella remained engaged with the success of the federation, continuing to serve on its constitution and rules committee, and said in an interview in mid-2017:

“I’m still very proud of what archery is achieving. As an archer myself, as honorary secretary general of World Archery, I’m proud of what archery is achieving now.”

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen was hired by Cinnirella in 1996.

“Beppe’s role in bringing archery into the 21st century was vital. Today, archery lost a visionary and one of the greatest volunteers our sport has ever had,” said Tom. 

“He worked with each of the presidents of the international federation since archery returned to the Olympic Games in 1972: Mrs Frith, Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone, Jim Easton and with our current president, Prof Dr Ugur Erdener.”

“Today, I personally lost my mentor, my second father and a great friend. My special thoughts go to Anna, his wife, and his two daughters of which he was so proud, Laura and Sylvia.”

“On behalf of the archery family, I’d like to express World Archery’s deepest condolences to them, and Beppe’s extended family and friends.”

Giuseppe Cinnirella’s funeral will take place at 11h00 on Monday 7 January 2019 at St Gregorio church in central Milan, Italy.