Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Youth World Championships go to Turkey!

Youth World Championships go to Turkey!

Lausanne – 4 March 2008

The next FITA Youth World Championships will be held in Antalya, Turkey, from the 6 – 11 October 2008.

After the decision by Council to withdraw the event from India, the bid was opened and four member associations have shown interest to host the event. These four were Namibia, Poland, Mexico and Turkey. After an evaluation the Executive Committee forwarded the recommendation to FITA Council to award the event to Antalya, Turkey. FITA Council approved this recommendation.

Turkey was Cadet Team World Champion in Merida 2006
The event will be held on a field part of the beautiful Kamelya hotel complex in the Manavgat touristy area, and not on the regular Antalya World Cup field, since this one would be too small to accommodate the archers entered for such an event. However the experienced team organizing the event will be the same, which was important knowing the short time to prepare for the event.

This will be the last time the Youth World Championships will be held in even years. For the 2009 edition, qualifier for the next Youth Olympic Games, an announcement will be made in the next two weeks.

Tom Dielen
FITA Secretary General

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008



3- March 2008Delegation Arrival, Accreditation
4 -March 2008Accreditation, Free Shooting, Opening Ceremony
5 -March 2008Qualification Round
6- March 2008Elimination Round
7- March 2008Juniores Semifinals and Finals, Prize Ceremony
8- March 2008Seniores Semifinals and Finals, Prize Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Party
Looking for medal glory in Turin
Lausanne – 4 March 2008

A great 33 countries will compete in the European and Mediterranean Indoor Archery Championship that is held in Turin this week. Most of them truly hope for medal glory in a venue of the Olympic Games.

Italian Recurve Men Team in Izmir 2007
In Recurve Men, the favourites include current Indoor World Champion Rohrberg (GER), Bekker (UKR), Van Alten (NED), Dobrowolski (POL), Peart and Needham (GBR), Tavernier (FRA), Pavlov and Hirstov (BUL). Italy is the current Team Indoor World Champion in this category and will play Olympic gold medallist Galiazzo together with Tonelli and Nespoli.

In Recurve Women, the strongest trio is probably Mospinek, Cwienczek and Marcinkiewicz from Poland. They will take on last year raising star Edyniyeva (RUS), Marcen (SLO), Marusava (BLR), Burgess and Folkard (GBR), Oktem (TUR), Palekha and Dorokhova (UKR). Italy will also have a strong team in this category with World Champion Valeeva as well as Tonetta and Lionetti.

In Compound Men, there are a bunch of previous world medallists such as Damsbo (DEN), Custers and Elzinga (NED), Boe (NOR), Sitar (SLO), Hofer (SUI) and one of the best careers in archery, Lundin (SWE). The best hope for Italy is the recent winner in Nîmes, Pagni (ITA).

On the women’s side, we will put our attention on FITA Round world record holder Willems (BEL), recent Las Vegas winner Simpson (GBR) and teammate Hunt, the famous Goncharova and Loginova (RUS), Ioannou (GRE), Buden and Zorman (CRO). They will take on the Indoor and Outdoor World Champion in 2007, the Italian Salvi!

There are also Junior competitions in all these categories, in which double Junior World Champion Anastasio (ITA) will compete.

The Archery venue for this event is located inside the Palace “Oval Lingotto”, built and used for the competitions of Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games. It will include a qualification field, a training field and a special field for the finals, as well as a very large area for spectators.

More information can be found on the official website of the 2008 European Indoor Archery Championship:

Monday, March 3, 2008

S. Korean Coach for Iraq's Archery Teams

S. Korean coach for Iraq's archery teams
-The Iraqi Archery Federation will start official negotiations by mid-March with its South Korea's federation to contract a coach for the national teams."The coach will be responsible for Iraqi teams of both males and females to prepare them for numerous coming competitions that will take place this year," Kareem Hamad, the Secretary General of the Iraqi Archery Federation, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI), adding "the S. Korean game expert, Mon, who trained the Iraqi archery team last year, will visit Sulaimaniya province in the Iraqi Kurd people region next week to coordinate between the two federations in this respect."
According to Hamad, "Iraq's archery federation has allocated a monthly salary of 5,000 U.S. dollar for the new coach that will get a contract of one year to train Iraqi archery teams."
The Iraqi Archery Federation was established in 1984.

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